Gift From the Heart — Dental hygienists offer one day of free services to the public

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TORONTO, Jan. 31, 2014 /CNW/ - To honour the spirit of Valentine's Day, on February 8 registered dental hygienists across the province will provide oral care services to the public at no cost.

For the sixth consecutive year, the 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 difficulty 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, founder of the project.

Last year, dental hygienists in Ontario from all practice settings, including those who operate their own businesses, treated approximately 800 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 250 independent dental hygiene practices — stand-alone clinics and mobile services — have opened across Ontario.

"This legislation change in 2007 increased access to affordable and comprehensive dental hygiene care," said Heidi Linton, 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 more than 13,000 practising dental hygienists in Ontario, making it the third largest of the health-care professions in the province.  The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario, the profession's regulatory body, sets policies and standards to ensure the public receives safe and ongoing comprehensive oral care.

ANCASTER 
Ontario Dental Education Institution    905-304-4706  www.on-dei.com
AYR 
O'Neill's Dental Hygiene Clinic/M O'Neill   519-394-3000
BARRIE 
Simcoe Dental Hygiene
BARRY'S BAY 
Barry's Bay Dental Hygiene Clinic/M Rutledge   613-756-6884  www.bbdhc.ca
BEAMSVILLE 
Gentle Hands Dental Hygiene Care/W Andrews    905-563-6080  www.gentlehandsdental.ca
BELLEVILLE  
Maxwell College Dental Clinic/ B Woods   613-962-7846  www.giftfromtheheart.ca
BOTHWELL 
CMS Dental Hygiene Services/ C McGrail   519-695-5054  www.cmsdentalhygieneservices.com
BOURGE 
Mobile Dental Hygiene Services
BOWMANVILLE 
Keep Smiling Dental Hygiene
BRAMPTON 
Healthy Smile Dental Hygiene
Walk-in Dental Hygiene Care /V Garas    905-454-5777  www.walkindentalh.com
BRANTFORD 
Hot Smiles Dental Hygiene
BURLINGTON 
Burlington Dental Hygiene /L Anderson    905-466-1511 
CARP 
Rural Roots Dental Hygiene Services/P McComb  613-323-6487  www.RuralRootsDHS.com 
CHATHAM 
Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit/ L Pepper   519-355-1071  www.kpublichealth.com
CHELMSFORD 
Northern Smiles Dental Hygiene Clinic/ N Roussel  705-855-1515  www.northernsmilesdh.ca 
DEEP RIVER
One to One Dental Hygiene
DUNDAS 
Dundas Dental Hygiene & Wellness Studio/ L Knapp  905-719-5699  www.ddhsmile.com
Smile Clinic/ L Quest      905-928-5463
DUNNVILLE 
Precious Smiles Dental Hygiene/ V Lance   905-765-4314 
ETOBICOKE 
Dental Hygiene Group/ C Allain     416-799-8344  www.dentalhygienegroup.ca
ERIN 
Pearly Whites 
GARSON 
Absolute Dental Hygiene Care
GEORGETOWN 
TLC Dental Hygiene/ L Castrucci     905-877-1300  tlcdentalhygiene.com
GODERICH 
Gentle Dental Hygiene Care
HAMILTON 
Gleam Smile Centre/ J DiNardo      905-387-6453  www.gleamsmile.ca
Hamilton Smiles Dental Hygiene Clinic/ S Stumpo  905-575-1234  www.hamiltonsmiles.ca
HEARST 
DentSpa Dental Hygiene Clinic
INNISFIL
Brush-up Hygiene
KEMPTVILLE 
Hygiene Now
Regional Dental Hygiene
KINCARDINE 
Kincardine Dental Hygiene 
KING CITY 
Woodland Dental Hygiene 
KINGSTON 
Roving Dental Hygiene/ C McQueen    613-770-3801  www.mobilehygiene.ca
Trillium College
KITCHENER 
Champion Dental Hygiene/ B Champion    519-575-1455  www.championdentalhygiene.com
Nancy Hall & Associates Dental Hygiene Care/ L Nickie  519-744-5200  www.nancy-halldentalhygiene.ca
LINDSAY 
Dental Hygiene Care By Marnie 
LONDON
Angel's Touch Dental Hygiene
MIDLAND
Dental Hygiene with Roma     705-526-1358  www.dentalhygienewithroma.com
Genesis Dental Hygiene Care 
MILTON 
MillRidge Family Dental Care/ B Roberts    905-876-9047 
NEPEAN 
The Perfect Smile/ R Vaillant     613-898-2292  www.theperfectsmile.ca
NOELVILLE
Jewels Dental Hygiene Clinic/ J Raymond   705-898-3220 
NORTH BAY 
Brilliance Dental Hygiene/ A Nadeau    705-477-1744  brilliancedentalhygiene.com
Hilltop Dental Hygiene Clinic/ C Pannell   705-478-8584  hilltopdentalhygieneclinic.com
NORTH YORK
Dental-x Smile Centres/ A Deti     416-255-2555  www.dental-xsmilecentres.com
OAKVILLE 
JW Dental Hygiene
OTTAWA 
Amy Pitre RDH
Confident Smiles Dental Hygiene
Hintonburg Dental Hygiene
Muriel Laughton Dental Hygiene / M Laughton   613-722-7108  www.muriellaughton-dentalhygiene.ca
PEMBROKE 
Pearly Whites Mobile Dental Hygiene Services/ L Borne  613-281-0848  www.pearlywhitesmobile.ca
PENETANGUISHENE 
White Rolling Sands Dental Hygiene
PICKERING 
Healthy Smiles Dental Hygiene Care
PORT HOPE 
Fresh Dental Hygiene Care
Port Hope Community Health Centre/ M Ito   905-885-2626
RICHMOND HILL 
Richmond Hill Dental Hygiene
York Mobile Dental Hygiene/ C Gallo    416-566-5642  www.yorkmobile.ca
RIDGEWAY 
Choice Independent Dental Hygiene
ROCKLAND 
Rockland Dental Hygiene
SMITHS FALLS 
Smile Sensations 
STRATFORD 
Perth Dental Hygiene/ C Embree     519-508-5800  www.smileperth.ca  
SUDBURY 
Cambrian College Dental Clinic     705-566-8101x7439
First Impressions Dental Services
THUNDER BAY
Dental Hygiene Smiles/ G Marion    807-286-1133  www.tbaysmiles.com
Natural Smiles The Dental Hygiene Boutique/ M Cassim  807-285-3493  www.naturalsmilesboutique.com
TORONTO 
CamCare Oral Health
Integrative Health Group/ S McKenzie    416-492-6725  www.mckenzieclinics.com
Just Smile Dental Hygiene Care/ R Macip   416-951-3567
VAL CARON 
Valley East Dental Hygiene Clinic/ N Bertrand   705-588-2222
WASAGA BEACH 
The Hygienics Studio 
WATERLOO 
Uptown Dental Hygiene/ C Beaulieu     519-954-9092  www.uptowndentalhygiene.com

 

SOURCE Ontario Dental Hygienists' Association

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For further information:

Bev Woods, RRDH
www.giftfromtheheart.ca

Margaret Carter, Executive Director
Ontario Dental Hygienists' Association
800.315.6342   mcarter@odha.on.ca