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President's Message

Carla CohnThe Manitoba Dental Association is the legislated regulatory authority for the professions of dentistry and dental assistants in the Province of Manitoba. As an organization, the MDA believes that "if it is in the best interest of the public then it is the best interest of the profession."

This website offers information and resources to the public as well as to the dental profession. Patients can find a plethora of information on this site including: dental insurance information and a standard dental claim form, prevention strategies, patient information videos on several different aspects of care, to highlight just a few. Additionally, you may find the history and structure of the Manitoba Dental Association, information about your dental team, dental registries and rosters, information on registration and licensing as well as news and upcoming events.

Oral health professionals will be interested in resources available: legislation, incorporation information, oral health curriculum, fluoride resources, office assessment information and continuing education records. Both patients and dental professionals will find the site functional and practical..

This past year saw the establishment of the Manitoba Dental Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the dental profession. The mission statement of the Manitoba Dental Foundation is "working together to support educational, service and research initiatives that will advance and sustain oral health care for disadvantaged children, youth and adults in seniors in local, regional and international communities." It is the hope and aspiration of the members of the dental profession to make a difference in the oral health and lives of those who are less fortunate.

The Manitoba Dental Association strives to provide and promote community services to our public. There are several events throughout the year that engage our dental professionals in activities to promote oral health.

Oral Health Month happens in April. It is intended to focus the public's interest and attention on their oral health. A key event for Oral Health Month is our Oral Cancer Screening Day. Oral Cancer Screening Day will see us partnering with the Never Alone Foundation and football legend, Lyle Bauer who acts as spokesperson for the Foundation. The event is to be held at Polo Park Shopping Centre on April 23, 2016.

We will hold our annual Tooth Fairy Saturday on June 11, 2016 at Kidsfest to be held at the Forks. Our tent is equipped with dental chairs for the kids to go for a ride and a free dental screening from our volunteer dentists. We offer an introduction to the dental office to many children that day. The interest from kids, and their parents, is always stellar. It allows us the opportunity to provide a great dental experience in a fun environment. The event is always enjoyable, rain or shine!

Additionally, on the horizon, plans are in place to hold an "Open Wide Clinic, focusing on newcomers to Canada, at the College of Dentistry. This event is tentatively planned for autumn of this year.

Featured on our website is the new release of our advertising campaign "Be Proud, Be Mouthy" which promotes oral health through a clever and passionate video. 'The "Be Mouthy" campaign displays bold imagery and emotional dialogue that pays homage to the mouth and it's importance to our lives, while reminding everyone that dentists are caring people, specifically trained to help improve your life.' It is a phenomenal creation that I encourage you to view and share with friends, family, and colleagues. It can also be viewed at www.manitobadentist.ca

These are just a few of the initiatives and projects that the Manitoba Dental Association leads. Whatever your purpose or desire, I am sure that this website will be of interest to you. The Manitoba Dental Association is here to assist you the public and our members.

Dr. Carla Cohn

President
Manitoba Dental Association