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Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences

Improving oral health is a major priority both in the UK and internationally. London in particular, and areas close to King’s five campuses and partner NHS Trusts, has some of the poorest oral health in the UK. 

The Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences is leading the way in improving oral health through initiatives that connect staff and students with our local communities.  

Key London priorities for the faculty:

  • To build and develop Service learning initiatives to provide King's dental students with opportunities to engage with London's communities while contributing to oral health improvement in the capital and widening participation initiatives in schools.
  • To build and sustain collaborations with undergraduate dental schools across London, at Queen Mary University of London and the postgraduate UCL Eastman Dental Hospital, enhancing mutually usable resources and improving patient care across London.
  • A unique new module developed by the Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences uses King’s location at the heart of London to help students flourish during their first term at university and beyond. Interactive and participatory, Thriving in Cultural London encourages dental students to explore the city around them through arts-based activities. 
  • Final-year students provide free dental care to people in south London who struggle to access oral healthcare at the Maurice Wohl Dental Centre at West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre.

Current initiatives include:

  • King's Smile Society connects King's dental students with our local communities through outreach work. The society is a non-profit charitable organisation run by students, aiming to improve knowledge of good dental health through interactive workshops for children at Key Stages 1 to 3 and advice sessions for older students.
  • Clinical Humanities for Dental Undergraduates is a first within dental schools. Using London as a living classroom – and working in partnership with local communities – students reflect on person-centred care and consider clinical practice through a socio-cultural lens. The academic disciplines of the arts and humanities, steeped in subjectivity and interpretation, teach critical analysis, promote the contesting of ideas and foster creativity.


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