Dental hygiene practices offer free services on Valentine's Day

    TORONTO, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - Traditionally, Valentine's Day is for expressing
love by giving cards and gifts of flowers and sweets.
    On February 14 several dental hygienists will share in a different kind
of giving - A Gift from the Heart - when 24 owners of dental hygiene practices
across Ontario provide their services to the public at no cost.
    "The one-day volunteer event has received overwhelming enthusiasm by a
number of practice owners," said dental hygienist Bev Woods, who co-ordinated
the project, and will also participate as the owner of Leading Edge Dental
Hygiene in Astra, Ontario.
    Since September 2007 when the Ontario government enacted legislation to
allow dental hygienists to work outside the dental office, more than 80
independent clinics and mobile practices have opened throughout the province -
from Kanata to Toronto and from Kincardine to Timmins and various communities
in between.
    "A Gift from the Heart will benefit members of the public who may be
financially unable to receive oral care or who have difficulty accessing
dental hygiene treatment and education services," said Ms Woods.
    "It will also build awareness about the public's right to choose their
healthcare provider, and that dental hygienists have an important role to play
as members of the healthcare team."
    Appointments for Valentine's Day will be taken on a first-come,
first-serve basis. Members of the public should check their local directory
for a dental hygiene practice in their community.

    Dental hygiene is a regulated profession with more than 10,000 practising
dental hygienists in Ontario, making it one of the largest healthcare
professions in Ontario. With sound policies and standards, the regulatory
college ensures the public receives safe and ongoing comprehensive oral care.
Dental hygienists work collaboratively with other healthcare professions to
promote good oral health and overall health.

    Below is a list of participating dental hygiene practices.

    FEBRUARY 14 A GIFT FROM THE HEART - Participating dental hygiene

    Leading Edge Dental Hygiene
    Bev Woods
    8 Wing Trenton, 241 RCAF Rd., Unit No. 2,
    Astra, On.
    K0K 3W0

    Brighter Smiles Dental Hygiene Clinic
    Andrea Schmoll
    290 Dundas St. W,
    Trenton, On
    K8V 3S1

    Kingston Dental Hygiene
    Deb Steacy
    656 Progress Ave,
    Kingston, On
    K7M 4W9

    Northumberland Dental Hygiene Clinic
    Mary Ito
    297 Division St.,
    Cobourg, On
    K9A 3R2

    Quinte Dental Hygiene
    Elaine Herald
    450 Dundas St E.,
    Belleville, On
    K9N 1E9

    The Cobourg Dental Clinic
    Veronica Marriott
    9 Elgin St. E.,
    Cobourg, On.,
    K9A 0A1

    Access Dental Hygiene
    Valerie McPherson
    260 Doon South Dr.,
    Kitchener, On.,
    N2P 2L8

    Mobile Smile
    Dorothy Brunne
    100 Westney Rd., S.,
    Ajax, On.,
    L1S 7H3

    Ajax Smiles
    Ann McDow
    100 Westney Rd., S.,
    Ajax, On.,
    L1S 7H3

    Judy Dental Hygiene Care
    Judy Ganis
    5112 New St.,
    Burlington, On.,
    L7L 1V1

    Toronto Dental Hygiene Clinic
    JoAnne Hamilton
    138 Henderson Ave.,
    Thornhill, On.,
    L3T 2L5

    Peninsula Dental Hygiene Clinic
    Jody Conley
    47 Sandra Dr.
    Fenwick, On.,
    L0S 1C0

    Kanata Dental Hygiene
    Elaine Russell
    417B Hazeldean Rd.,
    Kanata, On.,
    K2L 4C6

    McKenzie Dental Hygiene Clinic
    Sheila McKenzie
    1330 Gerrard St.,E., Suite C.,
    Toronto, On.,
    M4L 1Z1

    Crystal Dental Hygiene Services
    Christina Chiu
    250 The East Mall, Suite 1687,
    Toronto, On.,
    M9B 6L3

    C.A.R.E. Dental Hygiene
    Sara Stumpo
    33 King Street W.,
    Dundas, On.,
    L9H 1T5

    Gentle Touch Dental Hygiene
    Ida Vitelli
    243 Queen Street S., Unit 3.,
    Streetsville, On.,
    L5M 1L7

    Riverside Dental Hygiene
    Nancy Ackerman
    38 Riverside Dr.,
    Orangeville, On.,
    L9V 1A6

    Dental Hygiene Care Clinic
    Julie Bolduc
    66 Balsam S.,
    Timmins, On.,
    P4N 2C8

    Middleton Dental Hygiene, "The Smile Spa"
    Nancy Johnston
    2157 10th Sideroad,
    Bradford, On.,
    L3Z 2A4

    Smile Sensations
    Lori Lawrence
    34 James St.,N.,
    Smith Falls, On.,
    K7A 3R3

    Dental Hygiene Care
    Robyn Kempe
    425 Davis Drive,
    L3Y 2P1

    In Touch Dental Hygiene
    Jackie Sherry
    323 Ridge Road,
    Sterling, On
    K0K 3E0

    Independent  Hygiene Solutions
    Kathy Yake
    2041 Cliff Road, Unit 3,
    Mississauga, ON
    L5A 3N8

For further information:

For further information: Bev Woods, RDH, (613) 394-3600,; Margaret Carter, Executive Director, Ontario Dental
Hygienists' Association, 1-800-315-ODHA (6342),

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