TORONTO, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - To honour the spirit of Valentine's Day, on February 11 and 12 registered dental hygienists across the province will provide oral care services to the public at no cost.
For the third consecutive year, Gift From the Heart campaign offers a way for dental hygienists to reach out in their community and help members of the public who may be financially unable to receive oral care or have difficultly accessing dental hygiene services.
"Because dental hygienists can work independently outside the traditional dental office, the event also helps to build awareness about the public's right to choose their health-care provider and the importance of preventing oral disease for a healthy mouth and healthy body," said Bev Woods, co-ordinator of the project.
Last year, dental hygienists from all practice settings, including those who operate their own businesses, treated 650 clients during the one-day volunteer event. "Our annual Gift From the Heart keeps growing. This year we expect to help more people so that we can truly make a difference through treatment and public education about the importance of good oral health," adds Ms Woods.
Since September 2007 when legislation allowed dental hygienists to provide their services outside the dental office, more than 150 independent dental hygiene practices - stand alone clinics and mobile services - have opened across Ontario.
"This welcome legislation increases access to affordable and comprehensive dental hygiene care," said Kim Ivan, President of the Ontario Dental Hygienists' Association. "Gift From the Heart goes one step further to make sure more people know about dental hygiene's integral role in the delivery of quality oral care in Ontario."
Dental hygiene is a regulated health-care profession with approximately 12,000 practising dental hygienists in Ontario, making it one of the largest of the health-care professions in the province. The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario, the regulatory body, sets policies and standards to ensure the public receives safe and ongoing comprehensive oral care.
Gift From the Heart participants in Mississauga:
South Mississauga (QEW/Cawthra) Friday, February 11th - Call for appointment
Independent Dental Hygiene Solutions
2041 Cliff Rd Unit 3 (Google Map)
North Mississauga (403/Matheson) Call for appointment
Absolute Dental Hygiene Association
5359 Timbertlea Blvd Unit 48 (Google Map)