Which school will reign supreme at SmileCon?

4 teams to compete in trivia, other challenges during Dental Olympics

Bragging rights: The UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry celebrates winning the first Dental Olympics at SmileCon 2022 in Houston.

Four dental schools will battle it out for bragging rights when the Dental Olympics return to SmileCon for the second year.

The competing schools include the University of Florida College of Dentistry, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Dental Medicine, Nova Southeastern University and University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine. Teams of students from each will go head-to-head in a variety of contests Oct. 6 and 7 during the meeting in Orlando, Florida.

ArNelle Wright, D.M.D., an Orlando dentist, speaker and co-host of the ADA’s Dental Sound Bites podcast, will deliver the opening remarks to kick off the competition, which is sponsored by Pacific Dental Services. The two-day event will take place Oct. 6 and 7 in Dental Central, SmileCon’s exhibit hall.

“I’m excited that Pacific Dental Services is once again sponsoring the Dental Olympics at SmileCon this year,” said Gary J. Pickard, senior director of government and industry affairs for Pacific Dental Services. “It is an honor to support this incredible new concept, and I look forward to seeing it continue to grow, getting bigger every year with more dental schools and students participating. As they are the future of our industry, we need them to feel welcome and be engaged as soon and as much as possible.”   

The Dental Olympics will include a social media competition, in which students will post from specific areas of SmileCon and Orlando; multiple rounds of dental trivia, covering everything from fun questions about dentistry to queries that test students’ clinical knowledge; and other challenges.

The 2022 winner was the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry. This year’s winning team will be announced Oct. 7.

SmileCon will take place Oct. 5-7 at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, including how to register for the meeting, visit

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