The doors have been opened to brighter smiles throughout the North Okanagan.
The Community Dental Access Centre recently celebrated its grand opening on 31st Avenue in Vernon.
“We’re very excited that the centre is open and serving clients in our community,” said Victor Lepp, president.
“You would be surprised at how many people’s employability is impacted by poor oral health.” You would also be surprised by how many visits are made to medical doctors and the hospital emergency due to dental infections and pain.”
Lepp says that by offering low-cost dental services to low-income residents, the society can resolve many of these issues.
The centre is currently open two days a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m.
Hours are added as needed for urgent care and special clinics.
Registrants must be low-income and meet eligibility criteria. The services are not free, but greatly reduced from 20 to 40 per cent depending on net income.
In order to help those who cannot afford dental services even at reduced rates the Community Dental Access Centre has created a 224 Smile Saver club (2 give is to 2 change a life, 4 ever).
Visit www.communitydentalaccess.ca for more information.
“The support that we have received from our volunteers and donors from the community, businesses, organizations and foundations is the core of our success,” said Terri Jones, executive director.
“We can’t provide the services and keep the centre open without them.”