Mobile Dental Clinic Bus Comes to Curve Lake
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 7, 2012, Curve Lake First NationHealth Unit Mobile Dental Clinic Bus Arrives in Curve Lake First Nation this Friday, March 9th. This Friday, March 9th marks the first time that the Peterborough County-City Health Unit’s mobile dental clinic bus arrives in Curve Lake at the Curve Lake Health Centre. This launch of the mobile dental bus is a significant milestone for the public health of residents of Curve Lake stated Dr. Rosana Pellizzari, Medical Officer of Health. “This investment is a resource for the community and will provide everyone, especially rural low-income families, with more options and more access.”The mobile dental clinic will return to Curve Lake to the same location on Thursday, March 15 to provide dental hygiene services.The mobile dental clinic bus is fully accessible and features two treatment areas and the equipment to provide diagnostic x-rays, cleaning, fillings and other preventive and treatment services. It is also intended to serve as a gateway to clients’ better health as clients on board will also be provided with information related to nutrition, food access, tobacco-free living, parenting, and a host of other public health resources. “The importance of dental health to overall quality of life cannot be overstated,” said Dr. Pellizzari. “It is well documented in scientific research that oral health affects speech, nutrition, growth and development, learning, employment and self-esteem. Ignore oral health now and we all pay the price later.”.Almost six out of ten Canadian children and adolescents have experienced tooth decay. That rate reaches 96% for Canadian adults. Canada loses over two million school days and more than four million work days each year due to teeth-related ailments. Many of those problems are avoidable. The Canadian Health Measures Survey found that about 32% of Canadians do not have dental insurance. Canadians from lower income families have consistently worse outcomes in terms of oral health, untreated dental disease, lower rates of visiting a dentist, and higher proportions of avoiding dental visits because of costs. Funded by the province’s new Healthy Smiles Ontario Program, the new mobile clinic cost $513,000 and will provide much needed preventive and treatment services to rural low-income families without dental insurance. The new Healthy Smiles Ontario program will provide preventive dental care at no cost to children and youth who:
• Are 17 years and under.
• Are members of a household with an Adjusted Family Net Income of $20,000 per year or less
• Don’t have access to any form of dental coverage.
Residents interested in finding out if they or their children qualify for financial assistance are encouraged to call the Health Unit at 705-743-1000, ext. 265.
Prospective clients can call the Health Unit at anytime during regular business hours to book an appointment.
Call 705-743-1003 ext. 265 to find out if you or your family are eligible, or to schedule an appointment.
For further information, please contact:
(705) 743-1000, ext. 391