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Friday, March 30, 2012

Newly renovated Children's Dental Clinic officially opens at HSC Winnipeg

State-of-the-art pediatric oral health clinic makes services more comfortable and helps train dental specialists

Extensive renovations and equipment upgrades are now complete at the Children's Dental Clinic, an oral health facility serving high-risk, medically compromised and special healthcare needs children at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg. Winnipeg Regional Health Authority CEO, Arlene Wilgosh, and Dr. Anthony Iacopino, Dean of the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry, officially unveiled the updates to the 35-year-old clinic today.

"We're pleased with the updates - it's brighter with a fun feel and provides the latest in oral health technology. This all improves the care and overall experience for these young patients," said Wilgosh.

The upgrades are thanks to a unique partnership between the University of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and have been supported by numerous donors. Among the list of many improvements are entirely redesigned patient care areas, including a new procedural sedation room and digital x-ray. The clinic also offers several kid-friendly amenities such as a child-sized door to enter through, toothbrush-shaped check-in desk, lowered sinks for learning to brush at, and a revamped waiting area with play station and TV to keep young patients entertained while waiting.

Children's Dental Clinic sees about 1800 pediatric patients per year, most of whom have complicated dental issues. In addition to treatment, the clinic will be the centre of operations for the University of Manitoba's new Graduate Pediatric Dentistry program that welcomed its first students in July 2011.

"This visionary initiative transforms the current internship program into a full Master's Degree level graduate program," Dr. Iacopino said, "one of only four in Canada."

The program is innovative in that it emphasizes prevention in rural, underserved, and First Nations communities. Faculty of Dentistry Residents will complete formal training in the cultures of those communities and will spend a large part of their practice hours teaching preventative oral hygiene to community families.

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