Earlier this month, Dental Assisting students from Ogeechee Technical College volunteered their time and skills to assist with a Gift of Dentistry, a local event that offers free dental care to people in need.
“I really enjoyed the experience of being able to use what I learned this semester to help serve these patients,” said Dayjoin Johnson, a student in OTC’s Dental Assisting Program.
During the event, OTC students were able to help assist 67 members of the Statesboro community with free dental care. Dr. Richard Marz, owner of Premier Dental Wellness, hosts the event each December and provides dental exams, cleanings, x-rays, and fillings. Patients in need of extractions were referred to Dr. Suk Patel at East Georgia Center for Oral and Facial Surgery, who also volunteered his services for the event.
“I had a great time and was excited to work with the great staff at both Premier Dental Wellness and East Georgia Center for Oral and Facial Surgery,” said Destiny Dixon. “I will definitely be volunteering again next year!”
The OTC students discussed how not only was this a great opportunity to give back to the community but that it was a wonderful learning experience for them as well.
“It was really cool to be able to help people while learning at the same time,” said Caitlyn Skarhus.
Ogeechee Technical College