Region's New Mobile Dental Clinic Drives Up Health Equity for Children
BRAMPTON, ON (April 26, 2018) – Today, the Region of Peel – Public Health set the wheels in motion to further improve access to children’s dental care with the launch of a new mobile dental clinic. The 40-foot bus offers children preventive care in their own communities.
“Our dental bus is an example of how the Region uses innovation to reduce health inequity across Peel,” said Dr. Jessica Hopkins, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel – Public Health. “By bringing dental services directly into the communities that need them most, it bridges the barriers some families still face getting their children treated.”
The Region of Peel – Public Health provides free preventive dental care to children whose families qualify for support. Services include dental screening, cleaning, fluoride application and dental sealants. Though free of charge, some families in Peel face challenges travelling to clinics or are unaware these services are available. Bringing the dental clinic to the doorsteps of community hubs, such as schools, local community centres or places of worship, drives awareness and increases opportunities for children to get treatment.
The new, expanded and fully-winterized mobile bus is the latest addition to the Region’s preventive dental programing, which began in 2003. The program also includes indoor portable clinics that are set up temporarily within schools and various locations within the community. Learn more about the Region’s dental program at peelregion.ca/health/dental-health.
About the Region of Peel
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected community for life for more than 1.4 million people and approximately 163,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel’s services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.