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Mount Sinai: Big Smiles for Oral Health Campaign

Original Posted: The Best Medicine at Mount Sinai

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There were smiles all around as dentists, dental students and persons with special needs met and mingled in Oakville on March 28. They were brought together by The Sharing Smiles Day, presented by the Oral Health, Total Health Campaign, led by faculty and students from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto (U of T), in association with Mount Sinai Hospital’s Dental Clinic for Persons with Special Needs.

According to Campaign Chair, Ali Sigal, a student in U of T’s dental faculty, Sharing Smiles was created to break down barriers between people with special needs and dental health professionals, and to communicate the importance of good oral health amongst this population. The event featured games and face painting, a free luncheon and interactive demonstrations on proper oral care.

‘The day went so well,’ said Ali. ‘A lot of the dental students had never interacted with a person with special needs before, and at first they were a little unsure, but their transformation to seeing the participants as people, as friends, was incredible…

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