Program Brings Together Dentists, Patients with Developmental Disabilities

On April 8 people with developmental disabilities will come face-to-face with dentists throughout the region as they participate in Sharing Smiles Day.

The student-led event takes place at the University of Alberta and is designed to promote oral hygiene and break down barriers between dentists and people with disabilities.

Navi Bharj, co-chair of the Oral Health Total Health initiative in Alberta, says the event will help students entering the dental profession have a greater understanding of those from the disabilities community.

“At Sharing Smiles Day we’ll be able to meet people with developmental disabilities, we’ll be able to talk to caregivers, and understand the pressing issues that has arisen with this population.”

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