Dr Cooney, Chief Dental Officer, Health Canada

September 1, 2009

To whom it may concern,

As the Chief Dental Officer of Canada and a practitioner in the field of Dental Public Health, I would like to express my support for the initiative, Oral Health, Total Health.

I think this is a vital initiative that places importance on oral health and rightfully puts the mouth back into the body. It also places the necessary importance on improving the oral health of people with special needs through events such as the Sharing Smiles Day. This event brought together dental students and persons with special needs and helped to break down the barriers between the two groups by providing a supportive environment to demonstrate oral hygiene practices.

In closing, I would like to once again voice my support for the organization Oral Health, Total Health. I see how initiatives such as these can help provide the necessary support to dental professionals to improve health care practices in the future treatment of this population.

Yours sincerely,


Dr. Peter Cooney
Chief Dental Officer
Health Canada

Letter of Support: Dr Cooney, Chief Dental Officer, Health Canada

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