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

TORONTO, Feb. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - To honour the spirit of Valentine's Day, on February 9 registered dental hygienists across the province will provide oral care services to the public at no cost.

For the fifth 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 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 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 Shelley Newton, 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.

ALEXANDRIA     
Polished Tooth Dental Centre/J Laferriere, S Deguire  613-525-9900  www.thepolishedtooth.ca
ANCASTER     
Ontario Dental Education Institution/A Santos   866-979-6334  www.on-dei.com
ARNPRIOR     
Rural Roots Dental Hygiene Services/P McComb  613-323-6487  www.RuralRootsDHS.com
AYR     
O'Neill's Dental Hygiene Clinic/M O'Neill   519-394-3000  
BARRY'S BAY     
Barry's Bay Dental Hygiene Clinic/M Dillabough  613-756-6884  www.bbdhc.ca
BEAMSVILLE     
Gentle Hands Dental Hygiene Care/W Andrews    905-563-6080  www.gentlehandsdental.ca
BELLEVILLE      
Quinte Dental Hygiene Services/ E DeVouge   613-967-3600  www.quintehygiene.com
BOWMANVILLE     
Keep Smiling Dental Hygiene /F Reid    905 431-3388  
CALEDONIA     
Precious Smiles Dental Hygiene Services/V Lance     
CHATHAM     
Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit/ L Pepper   519-355-1071x5710  
COBOURG     
Northumberland Dental Hygiene Clinic/M Ito    289-252-0232  northumberlanddental.ca
DUNDAS     
Dundas Dental Hygiene & Wellness Studio/L Knapp  905-719-5699  www.ddhsmile.com
DURHAM REGION     
Mobile Dental Hygiene Services/N Brooks-Matwichuk  905-999-9016   
ETOBICOKE     
J Sellitto Dental Hygiene Office     416-247-9900  
FENWICK     
Healthy Smiles Dental Hygiene/L Ugulini   905-892-6789   
FORT ERIE     
Choice Independent Dental Hygiene/N Pearce    905-894-5095  
GEORGETOWN     
TLC Dental Hygiene/L Castrucci     905-877-1300  tlcdentalhygiene.com
KANATA     
Kanata Dental Hygiene /E Russell     613-592-2044  kanatadentalhygiene.com
KINCARDINE     
Kincardine Dental Hygiene/L Hussey     519-396-5550   
KING CITY     
Woodland Dental Hygiene/K Bernardi    905-833-4154   
KINGSTON     
Roving Dental Hygiene/C McQueen    613-770-3801  mobilehygiene.ca
LARDER LAKE     
Spoon Bay Dental Hygiene/K Bougie    705-643-2443  
LINDSAY     
Dental Hygiene Care By Marnie     705-879-1689   
MAPLE     
Snow White Smiles/ A Prestige      905-303-4933  
MIDLAND    
Genesis Dental Hygiene Care/N Brunelle   705-526-3600   
The Hygienics Studio in Midland/R Czech   705-526-3232   
MILTON     
Dental Hygiene on Holly/C Burke    905-636-9165   
MINDEN     
DEAR Carolyn Dental Hygiene/C Kinsman-Ludlow  705-489-3336  dearcarolyn.com
MISSISSAUGA     
Hygienist Next Door/A Osipow-Morawska   647-984-8254   
NORTH BAY     
Brilliance Dental Hygiene/A Nadeau    705-477-1744
Canadore College      705-474-7600  info@canadorec.on.ca
Hilltop Dental Hygiene Clinic/C Pannell    705-478-8584  hilltopdentalhygieneclinic.com
OAKVILLE     
Glen Abbey Dental Hygiene/J Wisniewska   905-465-1199  
OSHAWA     
GFTH/B Woods          giftfromtheheart.ca
OTTAWA     
La Cité collégiale      613-742-2493x2515 
Confident Smiles Dental Hygiene/M Black    613-799-2633  confidentsmilesottawa.com
The Perfect Smile/R Vaillant     613-898-2292  theperfectsmile.ca
Muriel Laughton Dental Hygiene    613-722-7108   
PICKERING     
Community Dental Hygiene/D Amos     905-492-0805  communitydentalhygiene.ca
PORT HOPE     
Fresh Dental Hygiene Care/B MacNeil    905-800-0288   
ROCKLAND     
Rockland Dental Hygiene Clinic/R Petersen   613-419-1499  rocklanddentalhygiene.ca
ST. CATHARINES     
First Impressions Dental Hygiene Clinic/K Spehar  289-362-4867   
SARNIA    
Healthy Smiles Hygiene Care/P Jackson    519-332-5783
Brenda Di Muzio Mobile Registered Dental Hygienist   519-491-1081  yourmobiledentalcare.com
SMITHS FALLS     
Smile Sensations/L Lawrence     613-205-0555   
STRATFORD     
Perth Dental Hygiene/C Embree     519-508-5800  smileperth.ca
SUDBURY     
Cambrian College Dental Clinic/L Kelly    705-524-7366  
THUNDER BAY    
Natural Smiles The Dental Hygiene Boutique/M Cassim  807-285-3493  naturalsmilesboutique.com
TORONTO     
Just Smile Dental Hygiene Care/ R Macip   416-951-3567  
WASAGA BEACH     
The Hygienics Studio/T Puley      705-429-3355 

 

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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