The Dental Association Foundation will be offering a free dental clinic giving dental care to approximately 2,000 people on both Friday, November 3, 2017, and Saturday, November 4, 2017. Doors will open both days at 5:30 a.m. and the last patient will be taken at mid-afternoon on both days.
The clinic will be set up at a Regina Dental Clinic. Both English and French-speaking dentists will be available to perform dental care services.
For the fourth year in a row, the Dental Association will be offering this free dental clinic. The first-come, first-serve clinic, which offers everything from dental care to oral health guidance, is 100 percent free and open to everyone, no ID or proof of immigration status required, and there is free parking for those who wish to take advantage of the services.
Dental care services offered at the clinic range from dental cleanings, extractions, root canals, and dentures. Participants will also receive information on follow-up care and prevention resources.
Last year, the project served nearly 4,500 people, 52 percent of whom were renters, and 38 percent of whom were unemployed. 18 percent of people who received care at the clinic said it had been more than five years since they had seen a dentist or never had seen a dentist at all. Many of the people who participated in last year’s clinic said they came because they had tried to get treatment at community health centers elsewhere, but had been deterred by the costs involved. Lots of patients we treated hadn’t seen a dentist for several years and came to us with pain, infections and other urgent oral health problems.
We encourage anyone who hasn’t seen a dentist in the last 6 months to come to the free clinic. People kind of put it on the back burner but, really, if your mouth is not healthy, your body is not healthy. According to the 2016-20 oral health plan, in adults ages 55-64, about 43 percent have lost six or more teeth from dental decay or gum disease. In 2012, 22 percent of adults had not visited a dentist in more than five years and 40 percent of adults had some type of dental coverage, according to the report.
For more information please call the dental association.