DEOP

DENTAL EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH PROGRAM

Our Dental Education Outreach Program (DEOP) is actively involved in engaging youths throughout the community in learning about dental and oral health. Because we believe that early health awareness is integral to a sustained healthy living, our program emphasizes preventative care in addition to maintenance of proper oral hygiene.

In this program, we offer children (ages 2-10 yrs old) of local daycare, elementary schools, and after-school programs the chance to learn about proper oral hygiene. Three times a month, we send out our members to perform a presentation – composed of skits, songs, demonstrations using dental models, a segment on nutrition, as well as science experiments – to teach the younger generations of our community how to make a healthy habit of caring for their teeth and gums. Furthermore, to allow them to put what they have learned into practice, we give each child a "care package" containing a toothbrush, mini-tube of toothpaste, and floss to take home. We hope that by engaging students in these presentations, we are catalyzing a lifelong habit of good oral care among the younger generation.

Last year, our DEOP served over 200 children per semester, a total of 400 children per year. This year, we aim to expand our outreach beyond the Berkeley city borders and include the elder population.

If you are interested in our Dental Education Outreach Program or would like to receive more information, feel free to contact us at cal.pds.deop@gmail.com!

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