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School of Dentistry

Community Service

All the departments in the School of Dentistry contribute to the community service projects in the School. All the undergraduate students are being exposed to the community service projects in the schools in and around Pretoria, Hammanskraal and the Phelophepa Health Train. The community service projects include, among other things, a mobile oral health service in Hammanskraal. The project serves aspects of preventive and interceptive oral health services to schools, particularly in Hammanskraal, and is an excellent source for material for community-based research. For example, an extensive project in tooth bleaching for patients with tooth discoloration as a result of fluorosis is currently being launched.

With the projects in and around Pretoria a comprehensive preventive oral health service is being offered to crèches, schools and institutions for physically and mentally disabled people.The Phelophepa Health Train is a project of Transnet in which the School is actively participating. The train goes on a route through the country and visits far-away rural areas where there are very little or no oral health care facilities. All the undergraduate students in Dentistry and Oral Hygiene are participating in this and they render a wide-ranging service under the supervision of a dentist.