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Special Smiles | Sorrisos Especiais

In this project, the UCP Regional Center of Viseu is associated with the Municipality of Viseu to improve the response in the field of Oral Health to individuals with special needs.

Students of the Integrated Master’s Degree in Dental Medicine (MIMD) will promote Oral Health to residents with special needs and their formal and informal caregivers. The inclusion of Service Learning in the curricular units (UC) of Oral Medicine IV and Preventive Dental Medicine II has the collaboration of the municipality of Viseu, which finances the treatments of these individuals, through a Participatory Youth Budget project called “Special Smiles”.

MIMD students and faculty, within the scope of this Oral Health promotion project, will carry out the diagnosis and identification of treatment needs, definition and implementation of treatment plans and actions to promote Oral Health (for users and caregivers). Users and caregivers will also be informed about their rights to support oral health and will be encouraged to take an active role in the prevention of oral pathology. For individuals, caregivers and institutions this is the opportunity to, on a continuous and free of charge, have access to information and care that is not often available. For UCP, this is an opportunity for its students to develop professional and personal skills with a group of patients who are not regular users of dental offices, need as much or more oral care than the rest of the population.

Country: Portugal

Year: 2020-2021

Institution: Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Email: pscouto@ucp.pt

# of students: 75

Interaction with beneficiaries: Mixed

Academic Degree: Master

Discipline(s): Medicine and health

Community Service Area & ODS: Good health and well-being | Quality education | Reducing inequalities