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 tip of 2022.

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

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

The provincial dental program affords free companies to folks age 65 and over who do not need a dental program and have a single individual web revenue of $19,300 or much less or a mixed couple’s annual web revenue of $32,300 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 by way of www.ontario.ca/web page/dental-care-low-income-seniors.

Seniors can even name the Hamilton Public Well being Providers 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, stated lots of their purchasers misplaced their protection once they turned 65.

“They’re so grateful that we’re right here and they’re able to entry (the service),” Tedeschi stated. “It’s actually vital for his or her general 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.