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Case students promote dental careers along with dental health

Photo: Future dentists visit Chambers Elementary SchoolCase Western Reserve University faculty and students from the School of Dental Medicine joined three presidents from major dental associations to get elementary school kids interested in dentistry as a career and taking care of their teeth.

The visitors to Chambers Elementary School in East Cleveland on Shaw, April 21, got the red carpet treatment with drum rolls and an escort of majorettes and musicians from the Shaw High School Marching Band and a performance by the Suzuki violin classes.

Dr. Eugene Sekiguchi, president of the American Dental Association-one of the oldest and largest dental organizations in the world-told faculty members that dentists are disappearing from inner cities and discuss establishing a pipeline that readies children in elementary school to prepare for high school and college and later dental school.

When talking about future careers with young children, he stressed including dentist as one aspect of medical careers.

Among the honored guests were:

  • Dr. Joy Jordan, president of the East Cleveland Board of Education and an East Cleveland dentist, who is president of the National Dental Association. The NDA is the premier dental organization for ethnic minorities and represents 10,000 dentists, students, hygienists, assistants and spouses. It is the parent organization of the Student National Dental Association and umbrella to the National Dental Hygienists Association, the National Dental Assistants Association and the Auxiliary to the NDA (spouses).
  • Dr. Ronald Lemmo, president of the Ohio Dental Association, is a Willoughby dentist and member of the Greater Cleveland Dental Society and Case dental school graduate and clinical faculty member at Case. The Ohio Dental Association, in existence since 1866, serves 80 percent of Ohio's practicing dentists - more than 5,400 members in 2004, and is a constituent society of the American Dental Association.
  • Drs. Jefferson Jones, Kristin Williams and James Lalumandier from Case's dental school and the Healthy Smiles Sealant Program at the dental school, and Lucia Johnson and Yuko Nakamura, fourth-year dental students, and Leonichia Blue, a first-year student.

Following the auditorium program, Case's student dentists met with Chamber students and their teachers to stress the importance of taking care of their teeth during a dental education program. The Ohio Dental Association provided toothpaste, toothbrushes and booklets, "Smile for a lifetime of good oral and overall health" to each child at the school.

 

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