Dental Care for Children is very excited to feature our student spotlight for this week! Dina is a DCFC volunteer and a student from Ostrow School of Dentistry, USC. In her earlier years at USC, Dina had been searching for an organization to volunteer with. She remembers thinking that most programs were highly selective and difficult to access. When she came across Dental Care for Children, she felt like she had found what she was looking for. One of the most important principles for Dina was to become involved with an organization that was helping others and actually making a difference. While at the Tustin Smiles Clinic, Dina pointed around the room and said,"Look, everyone here right now is here for the right reasons. We all want to do something for these kids."
Dina explains her experiences with DCFC to be incomparable to that of any other. Having traveled with DCFC on countless trips to Haiti, Mexico, and to local Southern California clinics, Dina is a true asset to the team. She has helped provide dental care to many children and adults who may have otherwise never had seen a dentist. She feels that the trips to provide dental care to underdeveloped communities are so important because you know you are making a difference in that persons life. She explains that because of the type of diet, lack of resources, and poor oral hygiene knowledge, the type of decay that she has witnessed is different from what she has seen in dental school. For example, in most communities in Haiti, sugar cane is used in their daily diet, which has long standing effects for ones teeth. Dina feels that it is important to be involved and help these patients because she knows and can imagine what kind of pain they are in and that they truly need the dental work. Being able to alleviate someone's pain and be thanked with tears of joy and a smile has made all the difference for Dina.
If you would like to know how you can help contribute to DCFC visit www.dentalcareforchildren.org to view our upcoming clinics and how you can help donate and participate!