This event was incredible and there is such a need in our state. 904 people were seen in triage on Friday; 956 people on Saturday. After patients were seen in triage, they were taken to the dental floor. After having dental work done they were led through a booth area. I volunteered at the medical school booth. We handed out preventative health brochures, bandaids, and had a smoking cessasation area set up. People could see a good heart vs. a bad heart and a good lung vs. a bad lung (real cadaver body parts). The kids loved this. Then the patients were led to the pharmacy for free prescriptions if needed for pain. They completed a quick survey and then were free to go. It was controlled chaos! Such an amazing thing to be a part of!
Ty working in triage.
The dental work area was divided into different sections: surgery, pediatric dentistry, restorative, dental hygiene, etc.
Ty and I volunteered on Friday and Saturday for the morning shifts. I stuffed orange bag after orange bag with brochures, hour after hour. I have never been more sore. I can only imagine how sore the dentists were from sitting in the same position for hours at a time without a break.
This free dental clinic plans to rotate through the four quadrants of our state every year. It took a lot of people, money, and time to put this event on and I hope it continues to be a success every year.
All pictures were taken with my phone, hence the blurriness.