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University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry: Student Learning/Community Oral Health

Service Learning/Mission Week is a week during the spring semester for D1, D2, D3, and D4 students. On the first day of this week Give Kids A Smile will take place at UMMC School of Dentistry. This consists of children from numerous elementary schools receiving an exam and sealants. We normally see roughly 377 children. The second through the fifth day consists of seeing adult patients, teenagers, and children providing the dental treatment needed such as prophys, fluoride, fillings, dentures, root canals, stainless steel crowns, etc. Follow up care is provided for any treatment received during this week at Jackson Medical Mall.

The D4 students rotate to Mission First to provide dental care to patient's that can't afford dental treatment during the fall and spring semester.

D3 and D4 students also have the opportunity to participate in mission trips during the spring semester.

Numerous organizations at the dental school attend health fairs, schools, churches, and events and talk to children and their parents about nutrition, brushing, flossing, and how oral health affects your entire health. They provide oral hygiene material for the children and parents, and provide oral care products for the children.

Contact Us

For more information on Dental School Outreach and Service Learning Projects:

Kristin Nalls, MS, PhD
University of Mississippi Medical Center
School of Dentistry
2500 N. State Street
Jackson, MS
(601) 984-6008
Fax: (601) 984-6103