The Vernon Community Dental Access Centre is among 21 not-for-profit dental clinics receiving government funding to continue helping low-income residents with dental needs. (Morning Star - file photo)

The Vernon Community Dental Access Centre is among 21 not-for-profit dental clinics receiving government funding to continue helping low-income residents with dental needs. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon community dental clinic gets government support

Total of 21 not-for-profit dental clinics in B.C to receive $2.8 million in funding

Vernon-based Community Dental Access Centre is among 21 not-for-profit dental clinics that will receive nearly $3 million in provincial support.

Vernon-Monashee NDP MLA Harwinder Sandhu says the support will allow the local clinic to continue offering dental care to low-income people.

“Having previously worked in health-care services as a registered nurse in various settings, I have seen first-hand how the lack of dental care can contribute to overall health problems and in some cases serious complications,” said Sandhu. “Money should not be a barrier to dental care, and this funding will allow not-for-profit clinics to continue providing this essential care for people who need it in Vernon and around B.C. Investments like this provides better outcomes in the long run.”

The Community Dental Access Centre in Vernon is located at 3107C – 31st Avenue. It serves low-income residents who live in Vernon, Coldstream, Lavington, Lumby, Cherryville, Falkland, Armstrong, Enderby and Grindrod. There is a one-time registration fee of $10 per family, and reduced dental care fees are dependent on patient income.

More information is available at communitydentalaccess.ca.

The funding will help clinics to offset costs, such as materials and dental lab fees. It will also support the purchase of equipment, such as sterilization and X-ray machines, dental instruments and pediatric equipment.

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