The biggest preventive action in the area of oral health in Slovakia, organised by the Slovak Dental Students Association, culminated in front of the Immaculata on Main street in Košice, on Monday, May 2, 2016. Students lectured the residents about the importance of oral hygiene. The roadshow called TOGETHER FOR A HEALTY AND BEAUTIFUL SMILE started in Bratislava on April 20, 2016 and continued in Nitra and Komárno on April 21, in Trnava and Levice on April 22, in Piešťany and Bojnice on April 24, in Trenčín and Banská Bystrica on April 25, in Žilina and Martin on April 26, in Poprad and Levoča on April 27, in Prešov on April 28, in Bardejov and Michalovce on April 29 and in Spišská Nová Ves on May 1, 2016.
The event had been prepared and organised by 80 students from 3 Slovak universities – the Faculty of Medicine of Pavol Josef Šafárik University in Košice, the Faculty of Medicine of Comenius University in Bratislava and Slovak Medical University in Bratislava. Preparation of this great roadshow started last summer and the 30-member organization team of students participated in it.
Such a big event could not be implemented without a lot of partners. The event was financially supported by the Faculty of Medicine, UPJŠ and the Dean of the faculty is proud of activities of dental students. They contribute to raise an edification but also to reduce the general fear of dentists among the general population. „They also gain valuable experience in contact with their future patients of different education, age and social classes, the important communication skills and they also train their organizational skills, because the preparations for a roadshow take a lot of time and logistics," said prof. MUDr. Daniel Pella, PhD.
The Mayor of Košice - MUDr. Richard Raši, PhD., MPH also appreciates the student activities. "As a doctor, of course, I have enjoyed creativity of medical students who are not afraid of challenges and chose to spread an edification among the people. I believe that they have helped many people improve the care of their teeth and it will be reflected not only on their nice smile, but also in saving the money for dental treatment," said the Mayor.