Oral Health Month Activities

Be Proud of Your Mouth for a Lifetime of Smiles

October marks the annual observance of Oral Health Month in Jamaica, and the Jamaica Dental Association (JDA) is proud to announce its full support for the national programme and this year's theme, "Be Proud of Your Mouth for a Lifetime of Smiles."

Oral Health Month serves as a platform for the Jamaica Dental Association (JDA) to engage with the public and to spotlight the significance of oral disease prevention and the overall well-being associated with good oral health. The month-long celebration will feature a series of activities and initiatives designed to educate, inspire, and empower individuals to take charge of their oral well-being. The JDA is dedicated to addressing the oral health needs of those vulnerable groups who may have limited access to dental care across the island.

Throughout Oral Health Month, we will be hosting community dental check-ups, school outreach programmes, educational talks and interactive sessions to teach children and adults alike about the importance of good oral hygiene habits. We will also delve into the role of nutrition in oral health and offer practical tips for making healthier dietary choices.

October 1| 9:00 a.m. Church Service

Swallowfield Chapel, 5-9 Swallowfield Rd, Kingston 5
All dental professionals are invited to attend. Bring your friends and family!

October 1-31| Community Dental Outreach Initiative by JDA Members

The Jamaica Dental Association encourages its members nationwide, urging them to provide critical dental care services to those in our society who are most vulnerable and in dire need of dental assistance. These dedicated efforts are targeted towards serving vulnerable groups in a range of settings, including communities, schools, and individuals residing in state-run homes.

October 3: International No Sugar Day
October 7: 6:30 p.m. Sip'n' Paint Fundraiser

Venue: Dental House, 7 Upper Musgrave Avenue, Kingston

Join us as we come together for the Sip'n' Paint Fundraiser with proceeds dedicated to Dental Outreach. Together, let's paint a brighter future, one smile at a time! This event is open to dental and hygiene students, JDA members and the general public. You also have the option to sponsor a student.

October 12: School and Community Dental Health Fair

Venue: Ballards Valley Primary, Junction, St. Elizabeth

Join us at Ballards Valley Primary in St. Elizabeth for a special Dental Health Fair. Experienced dental professionals will be on hand to offer FREE dental screenings, extractions, fillings, and cleanings. This event is open to both students and adults, presenting an outstanding opportunity for families and the local community to access vital dental care services.

October 15: Oral Health Month Feature published in the Jamaica Gleaner
October 21

Members of the Jamaica Dental Association will converge on the Clifton Boys Home with a mission to offer a range of dental services to not only the residents but the dedicated staff and caregivers at the facility. Care packages from Colgate and LASCO will also be distributed.

October 29

The Oral Health Month Webinar hosted by the Jamaica Dental Association is a virtual forum which provides dental professionals with continuing education opportunities. Our target audience includes dental surgeons, dental nurses, hygienists, dental assistants, and other allied health experts from both public and private sector facilities. The presentations will explore critical topics, including Ethics, Special Needs and Infection Control. Don't miss this opportunity to stay up-to-date with the latest industry standards.


Dr Hebah A. Faden

Golden Secrets in the Management of Patients with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities

Dr Louise Eggleton

Learning From Cases – How to Avoid Dentolegal Pitfalls

Dr. Noel Kavanagh

Dr. Peter Glaze

Periodontitis and Non-Communicable Diseases

Dr. Marcus Goffe

Social Media: Ethical & Legal Aspects