Sharing smiles and improving oral health

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Western chapter of Oral Health, Total Health will hold its 4th annual Sharing Smiles Day on Saturday in the Great Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Dental students, faculty and staff from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry are proud to be involved in this event which aims to remove barriers, raise awareness, and educate students and dentists about the importance of oral health care for persons with intellectual disabilities and other special needs.

This year, Sharing Smiles Day will take place in London, Windsor, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. The day includes a carnival morning with games led by dental students, a luncheon, and dental demonstrations by faculty dentists on proper oral care. Dental care is one of the top unmet health needs for persons with special needs, and research has shown this client population is at increased risk of oral disease.