It is one thing to know dental care is important, it is another thing altogether to be able to access affordable dental care.
The Tantalus Wellspring Society, a not-for-profit organization that aims to bring affordable wellness services to Squamish residents, is offering a free dental seminar on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Squamish Public Library.
Yvonne Smith, an experienced local dental hygienist, will offer a variety of tips on dental hygiene and how to access financial help for care. “As a public health nurse, parent and community member, I have seen the need for dental care education for the whole family, how to make dental care more affordable and accessible, and raising awareness that there are a few programs that families can apply for to help with the cost,” said Tantalus Wellspring’s spokesperson for this program, Elizabeth Grant.
“So many people don’t even know about these programs, or how to apply for them,” she added.
Two provincial government financial aid programs locals in need can apply for, and that Smith will elaborate on, are: Regular Premium Assistance and the Healthy Kids Program. The Regular Premium Assistance program helps residents fund part or all of the BC Medical Premium, depending on the applicant’s income.
The Healthy Kids Program is attached to Premium Assistance and will cover part of the dental costs for children under 19.
“What many people do not realize is how the health of their teeth can greatly impact their over-all health,” Grant said.