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Western News: London OHTH & Sharing Smiles Day

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Sharing Smiles Day tackles dental care issues for people with special needs

Dental care is a major health priority for people with special needs as they’re at high risk for oral disease.   But the harsh reality is people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities have trouble finding care in their communities.  This problem is due in part to dentists’ lack of comfort with special needs persons, and misconceptions about treatment.  Dental students at The University of Western Ontario are working to overcome these barriers through Sharing Smiles Day, the first event of its kind in London.

Dental students and faculty from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western will host the event with Community Living London on behalf of the non-profit organization Oral Health, Total Health (OHTH).  Sharing Smiles Day will take place on Saturday, April 10 at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn, at 591 Wellington Road South, and aims to remove attitudinal barriers, raise awareness and educate students and dentists about the importance of oral health care for persons with special needs.

The event begins at 10:00 a.m. with carnival-like games.  London-Fanshawe M.P.P. Khalil Ramal will help kick things off.   A free luncheon will be held at noon with guest speakers including London Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best, Dr. Harinder Sandhu, the director of Schulich Dentistry and Michelle Palmer, the executive director of Community Living London.  Then at 1:00 p.m., there will be a series of dental demonstrations and oral health care instruction led by Schulich faculty and paediatric residents from Children’s Hospital…

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