At Global Dental Relief, General or “non-dental” volunteer refers to pre-dental and dental students, as well as volunteers without any sort of formal dental training.
General volunteers are crucial to the success of our clinics! In fact, there will be more non-dental volunteers than trained dental personnel on any given clinic. There are a variety of exciting and essential jobs that you might be asked to perform as a general volunteer. Often, volunteers will rotate through two or more of these duties. If you have a strong preference for one or more of the responsibilities described below, be sure to mention that to your clinic leader during the clinic briefing. While we cannot guarantee that you’ll get your first choice, we will do our absolute best to accommodate your preferences and leverage your skillsets to build the most effective clinic.
We care for an average of 100 children per day, each of whom requires clean instruments for examination and treatment. As sterilizer, you will be kept busy retrieving used instruments and vigorously cleaning them using a combination of soap, germicidal solution, and heat. You will then help to organize and distribute clean instruments, load syringes, and ensure that the instrument table is stocked and well organized.
In this role, you will work directly with the children following their treatment to apply fluoride paste to their teeth, which, combined with regular brushing, will help protect them from future cavities. You may also be asked to keep an eye on and provide moral support to kids who have just had a tooth extracted, to make sure all is well and they don’t have any abnormal bleeding.
This job requires someone with an eye for detail and a love of little smiles. You will check out each child following treatment, making note of the work they have had done and whether or not they will need to come back for future treatment. You will keep a careful tally of the information gathered, which will prove invaluable to GDR in calculating our impact and planning future clinics. You will also get to distribute stickers or other prizes to the children as a reward for their bravery.
Tooth Brushing/Dental Hygiene Instruction
This is a great job for anyone who has lots of energy and loves kids. You will team up with a local community member to creatively and interactively teach kids about the importance of good dental hygiene and how to take care of their teeth. Think games, songs, and fun!
This is a very rewarding role for anyone with quick reflexes and who is good at thinking on their feet. If asked to help with clinic flow, you will need to keep tabs on all the children in the clinic as they move from intake to examination to treatment, making sure nobody wanders off or gets misplaced and getting kids into chairs as soon as the dental professionals are ready for them.
Each of our dentists and hygienists needs an assistant to work efficiently. As an assistant, you will be trained on the ground to work alongside a dental professional and help with exams and procedures. You will be working directly with our young patients, so it is important to maintain a calm, soothing demeanor. You will write and read patient charts, provide suction to maintain a dry and unobstructed field while the dentist or hygienist works, retrieve instruments, prepare amalgam for fillings, sterilize the equipment between patients, and complete other essential tasks.
If you are a trained dental assistant, this should be second nature to you, though it may take
you a few hours to adjust mentally if you’re not used to working under field conditions. As
a professional, we may call on you to help train our inexperienced assistants, or have you
sub in on an especially complicated procedure. We love our RDAs!
Please feel free to contact our team at 303.858.8857 if you have additional questions or concerns.