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

TORONTO, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - To honour the spirit of Valentine's Day, on February 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 Ontario:

Alexandria Josee Laferriere Polished Tooth Dental Centre 613-525-9900
Ancaster   ODEI
201 Wilson St E, Level 1
905-304-4706
Apsley Kathy Whiteley Kawartha Dental Hygiene
183 Burleigh St
705-656-2273
Ayr Michelle O'Neill O'Neill's Dental Hygiene Clinic
76 Stanley St
519-394-3000
Bancroft Sue Hedley Susanne Irene's Dental Hygiene
26845 Hwy 28
613-339-3487
Barry's Bay   The Barry's Bay Dental Hygiene Clinic
19674 Hwy 60
613-756-6884
Beamsville Wendy Andrews Gentle Hands Dental Hygiene Centre
5041 King St
905-563-6080
Belleville Vino Noronha Maxwell College
270 Front Street
866-391-1129
Belleville Elaine Herald Quinte Dental Hygiene Services
450 Dundas St E Unit 3
613-967-3600
Bradford Nancy Johnston The Smile Spa
Middletown Dental Hygiene 13 John St W Unit A
905-778-8523
Brampton Isabel DaSilva Healthy Smile Dental Hygiene
108A-164 Queen St E
289-752-1340
Brampton Khristina Hocson Medix School Brampton
11 Queen St E
866-981-3295
905-487-1163
Brantford Dana Eudemoni Charing Cross Dental Hygiene Clinic
47 Charing Cross St
519-754-4746
Burlington Judy Ganis Judy Dental Hygiene Care
5112 New Street
905-599-4867
Cobourg Veronica Marriott The Cobourg Dental Hygiene Clinic
9 Elgin St E Unit 1
905-377-1754
Cobourg Mary Ito Northumberland Dental Hygiene Clinic
297 Division Street
289-252-0232
Collingwood Laura Woodhouse Harbour Dental Hygiene
4 St. Paul St
705-446-0330
Dundas Sara Stumpo
Barb Consoli
C.A.R.E. Dental Hygiene
33 King St W
905-627-7500
Erin Kelly Kirk Pearly Whites
49 Waterford Dr
519-833-9788
Fenwick Leah Ugulini Healthy Smile Dental Hygiene Clinic
1170 Maple St
905-892-6789
Fort Erie Nancy Pearce Choice Independent Dental Hygiene
168 Garrison Rd
905-994-0259
Fort Frances Dawn Gustafson Preventive Oral Health Care
715 Nelson St
807-276-2887
Hamilton Julie DiNardo Gleam Smile Centre
678 Upper James St
905-387-6453
Hamilton Dafna Czudner Healing Roots
171 Locke St S Unit 3
905-536-4600
Kanata Elaine Russell Kanata Dental Hygiene
417B Hazeldean Rd
613-592-2044
Kemptville Jen MacDonald Hygiene Now
2722A County Rd 43
613-258-3200
Kettleby Susan Stephens Susan's Smile Centre
4775 Lloydtown Aurora Rd
905-967-4746
King City Kathleen Bernardi Woodland Dental Hygiene
205 King Summit Rd
905-883-4154
Kingston Deborah Steacy Kingston Dental Hygiene
656 Progress Ave
613-384-8833
Midland Nicole Brunelle Genesis Mobile Dental Hygiene Care
340 First St
705-526-3600
Mississauga Kathy Yake Independent Dental Hygiene Solutions
2041 Cliff Rd Unit 3
905-272-5500
Mississauga Tanya Szommer Absolute Dental Hygiene Association
5359 Timbertlea Blvd Unit 48
905-629-3783
North Bay Anne-Marie Nadeau Brilliance Dental Hygiene and Whitening
150 Main St W
705-477-1744
Oakville Lynne Chan L & L Dental Studio
120 Bronte Rd Unit 10
289-837-0426
Oshawa Angela Erhardt Caring for Smiles
6-222 Pearson St
905-579-5175
Ottawa Carolle LePage La Cite Collegiale
801 Aviation Parkway
613-742-2493
Pickering Deb Amos Community Dental Hygiene
1295 Wharf St Unit 37
905-492-0805
Smiths Falls Lori Lawrence Smile Sensations
34 James St N
613-205-0555
St. Eugene Alison Logee Dental Hygiene Wellness Centre
2189 Concession 3
613-674-2779
Toronto Gina Dodaro Infinity Dental
31 Lower Simcoe St
 
Trenton Amanda Huddleston Leading Edge Dental Hygiene
241 RCAF Rd
613-394-3600
Whitby Laura-Lee Donaldson Whites on Wheels
7 Prichard Crt
905-999-3058
Windsor MaryLynn Nael Windsor-Essex Community Health Centre
711 Pelissier St
519-728-9990

SOURCE Ontario Dental Hygienists' Association

For further information:

Bev Woods, RDH    
www.giftfromtheheart.ca   
Margaret Carter, Executive Director
Ontario Dental Hygienists' Association
800.315.6342   mcarter@odha.on.ca 

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