Dental hygienists open their doors and hearts for Valentine's Day

TORONTO, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - To honour the spirit of Valentine's Day, on February 13 registered dental hygienists across the province will provide oral care services to the public at no cost.

For the second 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 difficultly accessing dental hygiene services.

"It also helps to build awareness about the public's right to choose their health-care provider, and that dental hygienists are primarily concerned with preventing oral disease for a healthy mouth and healthy body," said Bev Woods, co-ordinator of the project and one of the event participants who operates Leading Edge Dental Hygiene, an independent clinic in Astra, Ontario.

"This year's one-day volunteer event has been expanded to include dental hygienists in all practice settings - those working independently and in private practice - so that we can truly make a difference through treatment and public education about the importance of good oral health," adds Ms Woods. For a list of participating dental hygienists, visit www.giftfromtheheart.ca.

Since September 2007 when legislation allowed dental hygienists to provide their services outside the dental office, more than 135 independent dental hygiene practices have opened across Ontario.

"This welcome legislation increases 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 approximately 11,000 practising dental hygienists in Ontario, making it one of the largest of the health-care professions in the province. The regulatory college sets policies and standards to ensure the public receives safe and ongoing comprehensive oral care.

NOTE: Attached is a list to date of Gift From the Heart participants.

    
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    City         Contact              Practice/Address          Phone No.
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    Alexandria   Laferriere, Josee    The Polished Tooth Dental 613-525-9900
                                       Hygiene Ctr
                                      24 Main St S
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    Ancaster     Atkinson, Michelle   Ontario Dental Education  866-979-6334
                                       Inst.
                                      201 Wilson St E., Level 1
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    Apsley       Whiteley, Katherine  Kawartha Dental Hygiene   705-656-2273
                                      183 Burleigh St.
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    Astra        Woods, Bev           Leading Edge Dental       613-394-3600
                                       Hygiene
                                      241 RCAF Rd, Unit 2
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    Azilda       Gauthier, Chantal    Northern Dental Hygiene   705-920-5804
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    Barrie       Gouweloos, Tammy     Barrie Dental Hygiene     705-722-0030
                                      11 Ferris Lane, Suite 306
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    Belleville   Noronha, Vino        Maxwell College           613-962-7846
                                      270 Front St
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    Bolton       Yee, Lillian         Direct Smiles             647-225-5744
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    Brantford    Eudemoni, Dana       Charing Cross Dental      519-754-4746
                                       Hygiene Clinic
                                      47 Charing Cross St.
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    Burlington   Ganis, Judy          Judy Dental Hygiene Care  905-599-4867
                                      5112 New Street
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    Caledonia    Lance, Vicki         Precious Smiles Dental    905-765-4314
                                       Hygiene
                                      4444 River Rd
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    Cambridge    Junek, Karen         Cambridge Dental Hygiene  226-218-3384
                                      800 Franklin Blvd, Suite A6
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    Cobourg      Ito, Mary            Northumberland Dental     289-252-0232
                                       Hygiene Clinic
                                      297 Division St
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    Cobourg      Marriott, Veronica   Cobourg Dental Hygiene    905-377-1754
                                       Clinic
                                      9 Elgin St E Unit 1
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    Collingwood  Woodhouse, Laura     Harbour Dental Hygiene    705-446-0330
                                      4 St. Paul Street
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    Dundas       Consoli, Barb        C.A.R.E. Dental Hygiene   905-627-7500
                 Stumpo, Sara         33 King St., W.
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    Erin         Kirk, Kelly          Pearly Whites             519-833-9788
                                      49 Waterford Dr.
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    Fenwick      Ugulini, Leah        Healthy Smiles Dental     905-892-6789
                                       Hygiene Clinic
                                      1170 Maple St.
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    Fort Erie    Pearce, Nancy        Choice Independent        905-994-0259
                                       Dental Hygiene
                                      168 Garrison Rd.
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    Hamilton     Czudner, Dafna       Healing Roots Dental      905-536-4600
                                       Hygiene Studio
                                      171 Locke St S. Unit 3
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    Hamilton     DiNardo, Julie       Gleam Smile Centre        905-387-6453
                                      678 Upper James St
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    Kanata       Russell, Elaine      Kanata Dental Hygiene     613-592-2044
                                      417B Hazeldean Rd
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    Kemptville   MacDonald, Jennifer  Hygiene Now               613-258-3200
                                      2722A County Rd 43
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    Kettleby     Stephens, Susan      Susan's Smile Centre      905-967-4746
                                      4775 Lloydtown Aurora Rd
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    King City    Bernardi, Kathleen   Woodland Dental Hygiene   905-833-4154
                                      205 King Summit Rd
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    Kingston     Steacy, Deborah      Kingston Dental Hygiene   613-384-8833
                                      656 Progress Ave
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    Meaford      Macknight, Kelly-Ann Great Smile Dental        519-270-9405
                                       Hygiene Services
                                      39 Collingwood St E
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    Midland      Brunelle, Nicole     Genesis Mobile Dental     705-796-8322
                                       Hygiene Care
                                      1069 Everton Rd.
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    Mississauga  Sabatino, Antonietta Gentle Touch Dental       905-286-0684
                 Vitelli, Ida          Hygiene Services
                                      243 Queen St S, Unit 3
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    Mississauga  Yake, Kathy          Independent Dental        905-272-5500
                                       Hygiene Solutions
                                      2041 Cliff Rd Unit 3
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    Newmarket    Kempe, Robyn         Dental Hygiene Care       905-868-8110
                                      22 Main Street N, Suite 1
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    Oakville     Kiryk, Cheryl        Direct Smiles             647-267-7226
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    Oshawa       Erhardt, Angela      Caring for Smiles         905-579-5175
                                      222 Pearson St Unit 6
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    Ottawa       Black, Michelle      Confident Smiles          613-799-2633
                                      166 Second Ave
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    Pickering    Amos, Deb            Community Dental Hygiene  905-492-0805
                                      37-1295 Wharf Street
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    Pickering    McDow, Ann           Healthy Smiles            289-200-2468
                                      677 Marksbury Rd
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    Smith Falls  Lawrence, Lori       Smiles Sensations         613-205-0555
                                      34 James St N
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    St. Eugene   Logee, Alison        Dental Hygiene Wellness   613-674-2779
                                       Centre
                                      2189 Concession 3
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    Toronto      Gamas, Mary          Avenue Health Centre      416-923-5400
                                      261 Davenport Rd. Ste 201
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    Toronto      Lombardo, Toni       Dundas Dental Hygiene     416-233-1933
                                       Clinic
                                      4154 Dundas St W
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    Toronto      McKenzie, Sheila     McKenzie Dental Hygiene   416-465-4833
                                       Clinic
                                      1330 Gerrard St E Suite C
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    Toronto      Thomas, Georgia      Impressions The Dental    416-916-6061
                                       Hygiene Spa
                                      1956 Danforth Ave
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    Trenton      Schmoll, Andrea      Brighter Smiles Dental    613-392-7645
                                       Hygiene Clinic
                                      290 Dundas St W Unit 1
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    Wasaga Beach Mitha, Shamsah       River Road Dental Centre  705-429-6060
                                      930 River Rd W Unit 4
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SOURCE Ontario Dental Hygienists' Association

For further information: For further information: Bev Woods, RRDH, (613) 394-3600, bev_woods@hotmail.com, www.giftfromtheheart.ca; Margaret Carter, Executive Director, Ontario Dental Hygienists' Association, 800-315-ODHA (6342), mcarter@odha.on.ca

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