Sharing Smiles Day highlights need for access to oral health care for special-needs community

Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry will host the 8th annual Sharing Smiles Day on March 5, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Great Hall, Somerville House, Western University.

Sharing Smiles Day aims to remove barriers and improve access to oral health care for persons with special needs and emphasizes the importance of oral health.

The event brings together more than 100 volunteers, including students, faculty, dentists and hygienists from the community with close to 250 participants with special needs from the London community. The day includes expo-style games with a dental theme, oral hygiene instruction and demonstrations, and presentations.

Media are welcome to attend.

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Dental EXPO games

11:30 a.m. Group photo

11:45 a.m. Speakers: Dr. Jack McLister, President of the Ontario Dental Association; Dr. Tom Mara, Chair, Oral Medicine and Radiology, Schulich Dentistry

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Oral hygiene instruction from dentists, dental hygienists, and dental students


MEDIA CONTACT: Crystal Mackay, Media Relations Officer, Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, t. 519.661.2111 ext. 80387, c. 519.933.5944, @CrystalMackay


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The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University is one of Canada’s preeminent medical and dental schools. Established in 1881, it was one of the founding schools of Western University and is known for being the birthplace of family medicine in Canada. For more than 130 years, the School has demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and a passion for scientific discovery.