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Health Center Today, November 1, 2010

University Dentists and the School of Dental Medicine Think Pink in October

By Chris Kaminski

Photo of dental hygienist Karen Pirro with a patient.

Dental hygienist Karen Pirro with a patient.

Photo courtesy of University Dentists

In October, UConn Health Center’s University Dentists were “thinking pink” in celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every Wednesday, the dentists, hygienists, clerical and financial staff wore pink to raise breast cancer awareness. “Almost every person in our practice has been touched directly or indirectly by breast cancer,” says practice manager Pam Miles. This is the second year that University Dentists has been promoting breast cancer awareness month. This year the staff of the UConn School of Dental Medicine joined University Dentists in wearing pink to show their support.

Individuals that had appointments with University Dentists in October were greeted by a hygienist or dentist donned in pink, along with pink dental supplies. Patients were also given a complimentary pink toothbrush. “The patients were very receptive to what we were doing and often shared their stories with us,” says Miles. “It’s a great way for us to be part of an important cause in a fun way.”

University Dentists is a group practice comprised of highly trained and academically based faculty who provide comprehensive and specialized care in all fields of dentistry. The School of Dental Medicine is a prominent leader in dental education, research, patient care and community outreach.