Sept. 9, 2008
Community Dental Program Gives
Elderly New Reason to Smile

For more than four years, ElderSmile at Columbia's College of Dental Medicine has been providing much-needed dental care to older persons living in Upper Manhattan communities. ElderSmile is staffed by experienced dental school faculty and is assisted by students, who work together to provide care to patients. Those who need more in-depth dental care are referred to ElderSmile treatment centers. During summers, a mobile dental van visits senior centers to provide additional patient education and screening. ElderSmile provides important care to an often underserved population more vulnerable to serious dental conditions and related diseases such as diabetes, heart and lung diseases, and stroke.

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