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COMMUNITY
DENTISTRY

Health Beyond Communities
By Traci Saito, DMD

THROUGH MY DENTAL MISSIONS,
COMMUNITY HEALTH ROTATIONS
and recent experience working in
public health, I have developed a
passion for community dentistry and
advocacy for increased access to
care. When I attended Santa Clara
University for my undergraduate
studies, I built houses in Tijuana,
Mexico. I never realized how much
of an impact a gift of service could
have on the underserved population
several hundred miles away. My

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passion for humanitarianism and
helping others has allowed me to
grow personally and professionally,
opening doors to once-in-a-life time
experiences in foreign countries.
As a second-year dental
student at the OHSU School of
Dentistry, I sought a unique and
special opportunity to travel to the
Philippines and used my newly
acquired dental skills to help those
in need. Like my previous mission
trips, it was more rewarding than

I could have ever imagined. We
extracted teeth from patients as
they sat in plastic lawn chairs,
spitting in a cardboard box filled
with dirt. Seeing the smiling and
appreciative patients' faces evoked
an unforgettable feeling. Those
experiences have affirmed that
dentistry is a unique profession that
offers a great gift of service, despite
language or cultural differences.
Being able to help the underserved
with my dental skills was extremely

Oregon Dental Association



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Membership Matters - March 2018

Nicaragua
New Members, Board Meeting Highlights
Events and Education
Molar Movement
Insider Results
ODA Member Benefit of the Month
Compliance Corner
Through the Loupes
The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in Dentistry
Dentists Take Bite Out of Opioid Epidemic
Service to Veterans
Dental Foundation of Oregon
Health Beyond Communities
Index of Advertisers
Classified Ads
Membership Matters - March 2018 - Intro
Membership Matters - March 2018 - cover1
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Membership Matters - March 2018 - Nicaragua
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Membership Matters - March 2018 - New Members, Board Meeting Highlights
Membership Matters - March 2018 - 8
Membership Matters - March 2018 - Events and Education
Membership Matters - March 2018 - Molar Movement
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Membership Matters - March 2018 - 12
Membership Matters - March 2018 - Insider Results
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Membership Matters - March 2018 - ODA Member Benefit of the Month
Membership Matters - March 2018 - Compliance Corner
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Membership Matters - March 2018 - Through the Loupes
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Membership Matters - March 2018 - The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in Dentistry
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Membership Matters - March 2018 - Dentists Take Bite Out of Opioid Epidemic
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Membership Matters - March 2018 - Service to Veterans
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Membership Matters - March 2018 - Dental Foundation of Oregon
Membership Matters - March 2018 - Health Beyond Communities
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Membership Matters - March 2018 - Classified Ads
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