Good dental health practices, such as regular brushing, flossing and rinsing are only half of what someone should do in order to maintain proper oral care. The other part is regularly visiting your dental professional for check-ups, cleanings and getting any necessary work done. The problem is that not everyone is lucky enough to have access to these services.
Luckily, things will soon improve for a specific Ottawa demographic who are in need of dental attention. “Ontario Public Health and the Wabano Centre have been given the green light to open a dental clinic in January 2016 at the Ottawa Centre for Aboriginal Health on Montreal Road. The clinic will serve an estimated 2,000 patients a year, according to Wabano Director of Health Services, Dr. Sandra de la Ronde. ‘There’s definitely a need in aboriginal children in general for improved dental care,’ said de la Ronde. ‘I see a lot of adults in their 20s, 30s, 40s who have no teeth — have them just all removed or they have teeth decay or missing teeth. And what’s becoming increasingly recognized is dental illness and cavities are linked to other health problems.’ “
A lack of dental care not only affects your mouth, but your overall health and confidence as well. It’s great to know that the mouths of many citizens will soon be improved.