On this day, hygienists will provide cleanings, and doctors will be performing fillings and extractions, all free of charge. Diman students will be helping to prepare rooms for treatment, breakdown rooms after treatment and sterilizing instruments.
Last year, more than 150 people received free treatment. Those who attended came from local communities, including Providence, Rehoboth, Swansea, Fall River, New Bedford and Dartmouth, as well as from neighboring states. One couple even drove down from Maine to take advantage of the free dental care.
Maria Torres, head of the Dental Assisting program at Diman, believes it’s important for her students to volunteer at events like Dentistry From The Heart. Torres says, “It’s great for the students to get the hands-on training, but more importantly, they get to see the impact that dentistry has on people’s lives. They get the opportunity to learn while also giving back to those less fortunate in the community.”