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Community Living Ontario, Axiom News

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Dr. Michael Sigal, chief dentist at Mount Sinai Hospital’s Dental Clinic for Persons with Special Needs, says improved curriculum with hands-on clinics for dental students would help promote more inclusive dentistry practices in Canada.

Sigal, who has worked at Mount Sinai’s dental clinic for more than 20 years, says dentists can often have a fear of working with people who have a disability because of the lack of training they receive, or are reluctant to admit patients due to the low financial reimbursements they receive from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). These perceptions can often be changed once dental students work in places such as Mount Sinai.

Mount Sinai operates in partnership with University of Toronto’s (U of T) Faculty of Dentistry and Pediatric Dentistry, to provide dental services for people who have a disability.

The clinic has been around since the 1970s and provides a much-needed access point for oral care for people, with more than 8,000 visits per year and patients travelling as far as North Bay to receive a checkup. All of the undergraduate students from the faculty of dentistry at U of T have a mandatory clinical rotation through the dental program, explains Sigal…

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