Activities under Dental Outreach electives placement:
AGP – Dental Outreach provides volunteers with the opportunity to shadow dental professionals and assist them in procedures such as extractions, cleanings, fillings, radiography, and sealants. In the clinics, volunteers will perform basic triage, assist the dentists, and manage the pharmacy, as well as teach oral hygiene classes in elementary schools in a school visit at the end of the placement. All volunteer work is under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist.
Shadowing a Dentist
Volunteers sit right next to the dentist and assist as he or she diagnoses conditions, performs procedures and discusses follow-up treatment. Volunteers will have countless opportunities to ask questions and learn as much as they would like.
Patient History & Measure Vital Statistics
Volunteers meet patients as they come into clinic, take their personal and dental history and record their current appointment specifics. They learn how to take blood pressure readings and analyze blood sugar levels. Volunteers will learn these skills and then apply them under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse.
Sterilization and Tray Preparation
Volunteers learn and apply the proper techniques for sterilizing different instruments post-procedure. Volunteers also learn about the instruments used for each procedure, and prepare the instrument trays for the dentists.
Towards the end of the hospital placement, the hospital team along with the volunteering elective will travel to a local school and teach children the importance of hygiene, dental health, hand washing, nutrition or another subject the team decides to teach. Ideally teams will bring something to distribute to the children such as toothbrushes and fluoride tooth pastes.
In the hospitals you will have the opportunity to work with more varied cases. Just like the smaller clinics, you will routinely be involved with dental cavities, filling decayed teeth with dental amalgam, etc, but you can also have the opportunity to experience oral and maxillofacial surgery under a watchful eye of your supervisor. This includes:
The care of emergency patients with maxillofacial injuries
Straightening teeth and modification of midface and mandibular growths
Restorative dentistry work
Root canal therapy
Surgery for impacted wisdom teeth,
The removal of cysts on the jaw, benign small tumours etc.