Using the occasion of this year’s White Ribbon Day held last Saturday, the Australian Dental Association thanked its members who have volunteered to be part of the Rebuilding Smiles Program—a social responsibility program that provides much needed dental health care to domestic violence survivors.
Launched just over one year ago by the ADA’s philanthropic arm, the Australian Dental Health Foundation, the Rebuilding Smiles Program has been rolled out nationally and 55 women so far are enrolled to receive much needed dental treatment.
“The ADA is extremely proud of our members who have volunteered their time, skills and expertise to be part of the Rebuilding Smiles Program which is restoring the smiles, confidence and wellbeing of those who are very much in need of support in our community,” ADA president Dr Hugo Sachs said.
“We also would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have provided financial contributions, volunteered lab services, appliances and materials, and dentists’ support staff. All of you have played a part in making Rebuilding Smiles a reality.”
Adelaide based-dentist Dr Don Wilson is currently treating his second patient under the Rebuilding Smiles Program and knows all too well how important oral health is to our overall health and wellbeing.
“Good oral health contributes significantly to general health, personal confidence and quality of life,” he said.
“Knowing that I can make a difference and contribute to the health and wellbeing of those in need in my community has been a rewarding and fulfilling experience for me as dentist, and I would encourage others in the profession to become involved in this program.”
If you would like more information or to assist with the Rebuilding Smiles Program, please get in touch and register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the organisers directly on 02 8815 3333.
Based on a media release sourced from the ADA website.