SBU School of Dental Medicine Holds Free Oral Health Evaluation Day


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    April Event Provides Opportunity for Initial Care, Screenings

    STONY BROOK, N.Y., March 30, 2010 – The School of Dental Medicine at Stony Brook University will hold free dental evaluations and oral health screenings on April 15, from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM, at the SBU Dental Care Center on the South Campus of the University. Many families on Long Island do not have adequate dental insurance, and this event provides families and individuals with the opportunity to have an initial dental evaluation.

    Faculty, staff and students of the School of Dental Medicine will provide the dental evaluations. Free oral cancer screenings are also available to individuals. According to the Oral Cancer Consortium, the disease causes disfigurement and is a cause of death to thousands of Americans each year. Tobacco use greatly increases the risk of oral cancer, but 25 percent of those with the disease have no other risk factors.

    Dental evaluations for April 15 are to be made by appointment only. Oral cancer screenings require no appointment. For more information, and to make an appointment (by April 12), call 631-632-8989.

    Established in 1968, the Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine serves patients through its clinical and educational initiatives. The primary educational mission of the School is to graduate caring and skilled dentists and dental specialists who provide compassionate, patient-centered care in a professional manner and in all cultural contexts. The School supports research efforts to advance oral and systemic health through collaborations with medical colleagues, industry, private foundations and governmental agencies.