Oral well being on wheels on Hamilton Mountain

Oral well being on wheels on Hamilton Mountain
Pat Armstrong, manager of dental programs at Hamilton’s public health services, noted the Seniors Dental Health Bus at the Sackville Hill Seniors Recreation Centre saw more than 200 appointments in 2022.Oral well being on wheels on Hamilton Mountain

It has change into a well-recognized sight on the Sackville Hill Seniors Recreation Centre.

Because it started weekly or twice-weekly service on the busy central Mountain location final July, the Seniors Dental Well being Bus has seen greater than 200 appointments by the top of 2022.

The free service is geared toward seniors with a low revenue.

“That is a part of the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program,” mentioned Pat Armstrong, supervisor of dental applications at Hamilton’s public well being providers. “(The service supplies) cleanings, fillings, dentures in the event that they want them, some root canals — it’s pretty complete.”

The provincial dental program presents free providers to folks age 65 and over who wouldn’t have a dental program and have a single particular person web revenue of $22,200 or much less or a mixed couple’s annual web revenue of $37,100 or much less.

Dental bus service is by appointment solely.

Certified seniors should fill out an software kind they’ll decide up at 110 King St. W. or on-line through www.ontario.ca/web page/dental-care-low-income-seniors.

Seniors may name the Hamilton Public Well being Companies dental clinic at 905-546-2424, ext. 3789 to have a kind mailed to them.

As soon as they’re enrolled in this system and get their dental card, they’ll name the dental clinic to make an appointment for the seniors dental bus of their space.

Rose Tedeschi, a dental assistant on the dental well being bus, mentioned lots of their shoppers misplaced their protection once they turned 65.

“They’re so grateful that we’re right here and they can entry (the service),” Tedeschi mentioned. “It’s actually essential for his or her total well being.”

The Seniors Dental Well being Bus additionally visits the Olympic Westoby Area in Dundas, Morgan Firestone Area in Ancaster, Harry Howell Area in Flamborough and the Binbrook department of the Hamilton Public Library.