Cerritos College News Releases 2011

Cerritos College dental hygiene students provide free dental cleanings

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Media Contact: Aya Abelon, Public Affairs; (562) 653-7878

Cerritos College faculty and students with Dr. OzNORWALK, Calif. - October 28, 2011 - Twenty one senior students in the Cerritos College Dental Hygiene Program provided free dental cleaning to those in need at the CareNow LA event held at the L.A. Sports Arena on October 21.

The event provided free medical, dental and vision services to the uninsured, underinsured and underserved in the Los Angeles community.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of the "Dr. Oz Show" was on hand, lending support and encouragement at the event. As he visited the dental area, Dr. Oz showed his appreciation to the Cerritos students for their hard work and volunteerism.

Lisa Munoz, dental hygiene professor, said "the true stars of this event were the volunteers and, as volunteers, the Cerritos College Dental Hygiene Seniors were an inspiration; treating patient after patient with kindness and compassion until every seat in the dental cleaning section was empty. I was proud to work side-by-side with them."

"The students worked selflessly from sun up to sun down, seeing over 250 patients in one day", according to Dani Carroll, senior clinic director at Cerritos College.

"The Cerritos College mission is to serve the community by building futures through learning, and what these dental hygiene students accomplished at the CARE NOW/LA event is a great example of how this mission can be accomplished," she said.

Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college's district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu/.