SUDBURY – Students in Cambrian College’s Dental Hygiene and Assisting programs are aiming to improve oral health awareness and outcomes, as part of National Oral Health Month and National Dental Hygienists Week, with their annual Walk for a Smile on April 10.
The student-led initiative will raise funds for the Sudbury Corner Clinic and St. Gabriel’s Villa, to support people who have challenges accessing preventative oral health care supplies and services. As part of their programs, students complete placements at these sites, which help them understand the health issues that can arise without regular preventative cleaning and screening.
“Our placements teach us a lot about the challenges that people face if they aren’t able to see a dentist or hygienist when they need to,” said Andrea Cross, a third year Dental Hygiene student. “We see clients with gum disease and painful cavities, and we learn through meeting them that although they would like to take better care of their oral health, it’s difficult for a variety of reasons. We’re hoping that this year’s fundraising and awareness campaign will highlight the need in the community, and encourage more people to make their oral health a priority, since it’s important for overall wellness.”
Students are collecting donations using pledge forms, and contributions can also be made at the Dental Clinic at Cambrian College’s Barrydowne campus, or online through the Cambrian College Foundation at http://bit.ly/1AGi7e8.
The 2015 Walk for a Smile will start with a rally on campus at 4 p.m. at the Fontaine Bleue on Friday, April 10. The walkers will complete a 5km loop via Paquette St., Lasalle Blvd. and Barrydowne Rd., before returning to the college.
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