Dental Olympics returning for 2nd year of fierce competition

Cheer on 4 dental schools competing for top honors in various contests as they flex their clinical knowledge and go head-to-head

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

Which school will rise to the top in the second annual Dental Olympics?

Teams of dental students from the University of Florida College of Dentistry, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Dental Medicine, Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine, and the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine will go head-to-head in a variety of competitions, all in an attempt for SmileCon glory and bragging rights.

“Our first-ever Dental Olympics brought a lot of fun to SmileCon last year, and we’re excited to continue this tradition in Orlando,” said George R. Shepley, D.D.S., ADA president. “We welcome these young, aspiring dentists from across the U.S. into our community to foster camaraderie with their peers and inspire them as they get a chance to connect with industry professionals all while enjoying a little friendly competition during the events.”

Events will include a clinical trivia challenge, social media outreach and more displays of fierce battles of the mind.

With opening remarks by ArNelle Wright, D.M.D., the competition will take place in South Hall A of Dental Central on Oct. 6 from 2-3 p.m. and Oct. 7 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The winning team will be announced on the last day of SmileCon, Oct. 7. 

The SmileCon Dental Olympics are sponsored by Pacific Dental Services.

“I’m excited that Pacific Dental Services is once again sponsoring the Dental Olympics at SmileCon this year,” said Gary 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.”

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