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Your news at the heart of your Faculty of Dentistry / Special Edition / March 29th, 2017

Putting a smile back on the most vulnerable Montrealers faces

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Welcome Hall Mission and World Oral Health Day, the Faculty of Dentistry and Welcome Hall Mission announced the continuation of their partnership agreement for at least another five years. The announcement was warmly welcomed by the Montreal media. 

Our Faculty helps disadvantaged Montrealers rediscover their smiles and regain their oral health through the dental care we provide in our our teaching clinic, and throughout Montreal, at satellite sites and outreach clinics.

The Jim Lund Dental Clinic at Welcome Hall Mission is just one of the places where small miracles happen each day. It’s a one-of-a-kind in Montreal, the only permanent, free dental clinic in the city. Students and General Practice Residents from McGill’s Faculty of Dentistry, as well as nursing students from McGill and dental hygiene students from John Abbott College, provide treatment to low-income families, homeless men and women, and new immigrants. 

Supervised by Dr. Paul Sweet and Dr. Quoc Nguyen, over 4,582 different treatments were completed last year, valued at $425,122. The impact is huge! 

“I remember one patient in particular who came to our clinic a couple years back,” says Dr. Paul Sweet. “He had so many cavities, broken teeth and infections. It was affecting his self-confidence, his mood and his ability to get a job. He rarely smiled because he was ashamed of the state of his teeth. We treated him over a period of several months, and by the end of it he regained his smile and a measure of self-confidence and was able to get a job.”

Be proud of the great work we’re doing!

 

Seen on CTV News Montreal on March 25: 
McGill, Welcome Hall Mission offer dental care to those in need

Front Page in the print edition of the Journal métro on March 28:
Des soins dentaires gratuits pour les plus démunis

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