It’s back to school season! That means buying school supplies, finding out who your teachers are, and of course getting an oral health screening! On July 27th, Healthy Smiles visited Magnolia High School in Anaheim to participate in a Back to School Outreach Fair hosted by the Collaboration to Assist Motel Families (CAMF). CAMF is an organization that brings together various nonprofits to help families who are currently living in motels get the resources they need. Healthy Smiles has joined their mission to help support the community and make a difference in the lives of those who have been living in motels for many years.

This event was an occasion for the whole family, with several organizations and families attending! The fair was an excellent opportunity for families to prepare for the school year by receiving school supplies and oral health education and screenings. We screened more than 20 patients and educated 20 children and 13 parents. While educating the parents, we were able to set up and showcase our teledentistry units in a classroom.These mobile units allow us to provide preventative oral health services at various sites in Orange County. By showing the parents our mobile units, they were able to learn more about teledentistry and know what to expect when we visit their children’s schools.

Living in a motel brings a unique set of challenges and we are so glad we can attend outreach events like this one to help the community. It is very important that families continue to receive good oral health care regardless of their housing situation. We had a wonderful time at this event and wish all the children a fantastic school year!