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

TORONTO, Feb. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - To honour the spirit of Valentine's Day, on February 11 registered dental hygienists across the province will provide oral care services to the public at no cost.

For the fourth 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 approximately 1,500 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 190 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 Jocelyne King, 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 12,000 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.

Gift From the Heart participants in Ontario:

Acton M. Susan MacPhail Dental Hygiene Healthcare
46 Mill St. East
519-853-5985
Alexandria Josee Laferriere Polished Tooth Dental Centre
24 Main Street S PO Box 339
613-525-9900
Ancaster Abigail Santos Ontario Dental Education Institution
201 Wilson St W
866-979-6334
Arnprior Patty McComb Rural Roots Dental Hygiene Services
43 Madawaska St
613-323-6487
Ayr Michelle O'Neill O'Neill's Dental Hygiene Clinic
76 Stanley St.
519 394 3000
Barrie Linda Ambrose Barrie Lakeside Dental & Wellness  
Barry's Bay Marcia Dillabough Barry's Bay Dental Hygiene Clinic
19674 Hwy 60 PO Box 729
613-756-6884
Beamsville Wendy Andrews Gentle Hands Dental Hygiene Care
5041 King Street
905-563-6080
Belleville Elaine Herald Quinte Dental Hygiene Services
417 Dundas Street E.
613-967-3600
Bradford Nancy Johnston MDH..the Smile Spa
13 John Street West Unit 'A', PO Box 684
905-778-8523
Brantford Jillian Turcotte Hot Smiles Dental Hygiene
385 St.Paul Ave
 
Brockville Jen Macdonald Hygiene Wise
135 Ormond St., Suite 103
613 865 9292
Burlington Judy Ganis Judy Dental Hygiene Care
5198 New Street
 
Caledonia Vicki Lance Precious Smiles Dental Hygiene Services
4444 River Road
 
Cobourg Mary Ito Northumberland Dental Hygiene Clinic
297 Division St.
289-252-0232
Dundas Sara Stumpo &
Barb Consoli
C.A.R.E. Dental Hygiene
33 King St. West
905-627-7500
Dundas Lesley Knapp Dundas Dental Hygiene & Wellness Studio
155 King St. W.
905-719-5699
Durham Region Natalie
Brooks-Matwichuk
Dental Solutions Mobile Dental Hygiene Services 905-999-9016
Erin Kelly Kirk Pearly Whites Dental Hygiene
49 Waterford Drive
519-833-9788
Etobicoke Joanne M. Sellitto Dental Hygiene Office
1500 Royal York Rd  Unit 39
416-247-9900
Fort Erie Nancy Pearce Choice Independent Dental Hygiene
168 Garrison Road
905-994-0259
Fort Frances Dawn Gustafson LifetimeSmiles
715 Nelson Street,
807-274-6588
Georgetown Lisa Castrucci TLC Dental Hygiene
360 Guelph St. Unit 40
905-877-1300
Hamilton Julie Dinardo Gleam Smile Centre
678 Upper James St.
905-378-6453
Kanata Elaine Russell Kanata Dental Hygiene
417B Hazeldean Rd
613-592-2044
Kempville Jen MacDonald Hygiene Now
PO Box 159 2722A Cty. Rd. 43,
613 258 3200
Kincardine Lorri Hussey Kincardine Dental Hygiene
226 Queen St.
519-396-5550
King City Kathleen Bernardi Woodland Dental Hygiene
205 King Summit Road
905-273-2300
Kingston Melissa Green Green Hygiene Mobile Dental Hygiene Services
309 Glen Castle Rd
613-766-8407
Kitchener Contact reception to book appts. Medix School- Kitchener Campus
248 Stirling Ave S., Unit 14
519-895-0013
Larder Lake Kathleen Bougie Spoon Bay Dental Hygiene
29 Godfrey St.
705-643-2443
Lindsay   Dental Hygiene Care By Marnie
68 Springdale Drive,
705-879-1689
Maple Alie Preisig Snow White Smiles
9929 Keele St
905-303-4933
Midland Nicole Brunelle Genesis Dental Hygiene Care
340 First Street
705-526-3600
Midland Roma Czech The Hygienics Studio
741 Yonge St. Unit #3
705-526-3232
Noelville Julie Raymond Jewels Dental Hygiene Clinic
38 St-Christophe, PO Box 90
705-898-3220
North Bay Anne-Marie Nadeau Brilliance Dental Hygiene
150 Main Street West
705-477-1744
North Bay   Canadore College
100 College Drive
705-474-7600
North Bay Chantal Pannell Hilltop Dental Hygiene Clinic
101 Worthington St. Suite 223
705-478-8584
Oakville Gagan Sandhu Gems Dental Care
501 Pinegrove Rd
905-582-5494
Oakville Joanna Wisniewska Glen Abbey Dental Hygiene
481 North Service Road West, Unit A19
905-465-1199
Ottawa Michelle Black Confident Smiles Dental Hygiene
166 Second Ave.
613-799-2633
Ottawa Carolle Lepage La Cité collégiale
801 Aviation pkway
613-742-2493 ext 2515
Ottawa Rosemary Vaillant The Perfect Smile
52 Glendenning Dr.
613-898-2292
Pickering Debra Amos Community Dental Hygiene
1295 Wharf St. Unit 37
905-492-0805
Pickering Ann McDow Healthy Smiles
677 Marksbury Rd.
289-200-2468
Sarnia Pam Jackson Healthy Smiles Hygiene Care
270 North Christina St.
519-332-5783
Scarborough Sheila McKenzie McKenzie Integrated Health Center
2201 Warden Avenue, Suite L1
416 492 6725
Smiths Falls Lori Lawrence Smile Sensations
34 James St. N.
613-205-0555
Stratford Christine Embree Perth Dental Hygiene Inc.
169 Huron Street
519-508-5800
Thunder Bay Maheen Cassim Natural Smiles The Dental Hygiene Boutique
509 Edward St N Unit #5
807-285-3493
Val Caron Nathalie Bertrand Valley East Dental Hygiene Clinic
9-2924 Hwy 69 North
705-588-2222

 

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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