Students Explore Careers in Dentistry

Molly Pereira Featured News

November 17, 2011

The Explorer Post Careers in Dentistry program gives students who are interested in the dental profession hands-on experience and education through monthly programs conducted by volunteer CDA dentists.  This program, sponsored by the CDA and the Metro Denver Dental Foundation, was created to provide a unique experience to high school students, college students and young adults who are considering a future career in dentistry. This program gives students an understanding of dental careers to help them make the right choices now to succeed later.

Explorers2011Thank you to program volunteers: Dr. Jennifer Garza, Dr. Charles Danna, Dr. Mike Poulos, Dr. Pat Prendergast, Dr. Brian Gurinsky, Dr. Nelle Barr, Dr. Michael Scheidt and Frank Garza.

This year’s Explorer curriculum includes:

Injection techniques with oranges, dental anatomy and dental instruments, waxing in the dental lab, and laser cavity detection.

Suture placement, tooth extractions and scaling using pig mandibles.

Bonding braces to tooth models, tying in wires to braces, taking impressions and digital x-ray demonstrations.

Cosmetic build-ups, oral cancer education and meth mouth education.

Dental sealant application, hygiene, packing and carving silver-colored fillings, and dental laser demonstration.

Admission to the Rocky Mountain Dental Convention.
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