The chair of the Pediatric Dentistry Department at University of the Pacific’s Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco talks about how the school is honoring children’s Dental Health Month by offering free screenings for kids throughout February.
Tell me about the low-cost dental services in San Francisco. Our students and faculty treat 14,000 patients, including children, annually. For children, we offer screenings, cleanings, fillings and more. Adults receive fillings, restorations, dentures, implants and other procedures. We also have other specialized clinics for emergency care, orthodontics, oral surgery, and patients with special needs and HIV/AIDS.
How long has this been available to the public? The school has served Bay Area residents since its founding in 1896.
Who qualifies and benefits from this service? We’re open to area residents of all ages and incomes. We accept most insurance plans, and for those without insurance, [the school] can set up payment plans if needed.
How much does this service cost the average resident in San Francisco? Costs depend on the complexity of treatment and how often patients need to be seen.
How can people make an appointment? Parents may call (415) 929-6550 to schedule a screening for children. Adults should call (415) 929-6501. More details are at www.dental.pacific.edu.
— Erin Sherbert