DH Pinning Ceremony, Union City Outreach, Oral Cancer Awareness

dental hygiene class of 2022

A special note of congratulations to the Dental Hygiene Class of 2022, which celebrated its pinning ceremony last Saturday on campus. The milestone event also included awards, remarks from students and faculty members, senior superlatives, a student video, and more. We will have more opportunities to celebrate the graduates during the upcoming Commencement Weekend in June. Attached is a group picture from the event and more photos are available in the online photo gallery.

It is exciting to see more in-person community outreach events planned as part of the Dugoni School’s commitment to serving the public. Next week, the Union City Dental Care Center, the Southern Alameda County Dental Society and the Dugoni School are partnering on two outreach opportunities. Thanks in advance to all of the volunteers for your great outreach efforts.

April is Oral Cancer Awareness month. As dental professionals, we have a unique opportunity to potentially save lives through screenings, early detection, and treatment. About 54,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancers of the mouth, throat, tonsils, and tongue. A few resources to explore include the Top 5 Risk Factors for Oral Cancer from the American Dental Association and Oral Cancer Facts from the Oral Cancer Foundation.

Oral healthcare is critical to overall health and well-being and these are all examples of the important role that we play in diagnosis and prevention as we train outstanding humanistic providers and achieve our purpose of helping people lead healthy lives.

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." –Coretta Scott King