Penn Dental Medicine Holds Day of Free Oral Exams for New Patients


Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell (center) attended the service day, thanking students and faculty for the care being provided to the community.

Philadelphia — Penn Dental Medicine students and faculty provided a day of free oral examinations to members of the community on Friday, March 1, as part of a new patient admissions fair. The event was booked to capacity as more than 200 individuals from the area signed up to receive a free exam and get assistance with making Penn Dental Medicine their permanent dental care home.

This special event was open to individuals interested in becoming a patient within the School’s teaching clinics. Participants received free comprehensive dental examinations/oral screenings and x-rays as needed. In addition, individuals received oral hygiene instructions and free oral care supplies.

“We value the vital role our patients play in our educational mission, and we are committed to providing access to high quality care to the community,” says Dr. Najeed Saleh, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at Penn Dental Medicine. “We were pleased to open our doors for this day of service to introduce the public to the care available here at the School.”

Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, who represents residents in the West Philadelphia District 3 where Penn Dental Medicine is located, supported the event with her attendance, talking with individuals who came for care and thanking Penn Dental Medicine students and faculty for their service in the community.

With the goal of providing access to ongoing dental care for participating individuals, Penn Dental Medicine staff also assisted participants in making return appointments for their dental care needs.

Care within the Penn Dental Medicine teaching clinics is provided by students in the School’s DMD and specialty programs under close supervision by faculty. Appointments can be made by calling 215-898-8965. In addition, the School has an appointment line dedicated solely to serve veterans – 215-573-VETS – who receive care at a discounted rate.