On May 24, for the fourth year, the Essex County Dental Society held a clinic at St. Clair College’s facility in the Anthony P. Toldo Centre for Applied Health Sciences.
“Restoration Smile” is a one-day event to promote oral health in the community, and provide basic restorative and surgical services for those people who might not otherwise have access to those services.
Essex County Dental Society organizer Dr. Matthew Duronio said it is something he is thrilled to be part of. “Sometimes these services may be outside the reach of some people in the community, and the Dental Society wanted the chance to assist them,” he said. “This initiative is an important step in the promotion of good oral health-care in our community.”
Eighteen dentists took part in the clinic on campus, performing procedures for 30-plus patients. The Dental Society said that holding the event in the college’s large lab – where Dental Assisting and Hygiene students are trained – provided the perfect venue to see this number of patients. “Patients were chosen to participate based on their (previous) affiliation with the St. Clair College Dental Clinic,” said Duronio. “Their records were reviewed, and patients were prioritized by their needs”.
The St. Clair College Dental Clinic operates from September to mid-June for dental assessments and hygiene care. Restorative clinics (for fillings) are limited, and run February to mid-June. For this reason, “Restoration Smile” was a great opportunity for the college’s Dental students to gain experience with a variety of procedures.
Restoration Smile was sponsored by Green Shield Canada, Dentsply Canada, Henry Schein Canada, Quantum Lab, Sinclair Dental Canada, and 3M.