VCC’s Tooth Trolley delivers free dental exams and smiles to kids
The dentist’s chair is not a favourite place for most. Still, we go, we sit, we recline and say “ahh” because we know that regular examinations are crucial to our overall health. Among the 32 per cent of Canadians without dental insurance, however, these visits are all too rare.
Statistics have long shown that low-income families, Aboriginal communities and immigrants are least likely to be insured or engage in preventative dental care. As a result, these people are most likely to suffer from oral pain, cavities and infection. For children, especially, untreated dental diseases are also known to result in other issues such as lost sleep, poor growth, self-esteem issues and learning problems.
“Our concern has always been for the children who slip through the cracks,” says Margaret Dennett, Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) instructor. Dennett, along with fellow CDA instructor Sherry Messenger will direct the ninth annual Tooth Trolley event, which will run this year from May 19 to 22.