It's no mystery that volunteers are at the heart and soul of Dental Care for Children. Our outreach efforts have been made successful through the dedication and participation of our volunteers and it's because of their tireless work that so many children receive care. Omar Bajwa is one of many student volunteers from USC Ostrow School of Dentistry who has been working with DCFC to provide dental care to children around the world.
When asked how he became involved, he explained that a friend from school was always going on trips to Haiti and Mexico and had been encouraging him to get involved. At first, he believed this would be a great chance to practice dentistry and be a good humanitarian by helping those who were not fortunate enough to have the same opportunity or quality of dental care as those in the United States, but the experience turned out to be much more! He explains his time spent with DCFC to be extremely rewarding because he had not realized how limited access many have to receiving dental care and the experience proved to be humanizing. Omar has had the opportunity to perform and assist with sealants, fillings, crowns, root canals, and teeth extractions.
Many of the patients who he has helped may have otherwise never seen a dentist or received these dental services. Omar also believes that medical care and treatments are usually much more common and that dentistry is often times overlooked. Being able to help children, families, and community members while learning about their respective culture is an opportunity that not many people get to experience and it has left a great impact on his life. Omar is even considering a future in Pediatric Dentistry!
Dental Care for Children is always welcoming volunteers! You don't need to be a dental student or in the field of dentistry to help. To find out how you can get involved visit our volunteer page and sign up!