Dental service van in Greater Victoria helps Indigenous women and women of color – Victoria News
The Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Color (SNIWWOC) is on the road with a van to provide free dental services to women facing barriers.
The van, provided by the Wheely Clean mobile dental service, provides preventive oral care services one Sunday a month, said Danielle Ayotte, co-founder of Wheely Clean, at the August 22 launch of the dental van at the temple. Sikh Punjabi Akali. This includes basic exams, cleaning, polishing and fluoride treatment as needed. Women who identify as Indigenous, as people of color, or who face systemic barriers to oral health care within a 10 kilometer radius of downtown Victoria can book themselves and their dependents for a treatment via SNIWWOC.ca/dental-hygiene-clinic.
“Many low-income Canadians suffer from pain, discomfort, disability and loss of opportunity due to poor oral health. About six million Canadians avoid visiting the dentist each year because of the cost, ”SNIWWOC noted in a press release.
The program plans to continue as long as it can be funded by community or government support, Ayotte said. She named Khalsa Aid and the Sikh Punjabi Akali Temple as essential in this support. The Sikh humanitarian NGO provided funds for the program, while the temple made its parking lot available to SNIWWOC for monthly visits.
|Paramjit Dhillon, Ominder Dhantoa and Gurcharon Budwhal outside the Sikh Punjabi Akali temple. Members of the temple president, Dhillon and Budwal, have volunteered their parking lot once a month for the use of Wheely Clean’s dental services. (Kiernan Green / Press staff)|
“I would love to see preventive oral health services covered by our provincial or federal government in my lifetime, fingers crossed,” Ayotte said. “I feel like doing things like this is a great way to start pushing back those envelopes and raising awareness and involving people.”
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