There have been 62 communications on Clarenville Dental Care’s answering machine the morning after announcing plans to hold a No Cost Dental Day this weekend.
“We’re attempting to actually provide care that is dental to those that really require it the most,” said dental hygienist Sarah Lush.
Lush said the original idea ended up being to devote a Saturday to walk-in patients nevertheless the response ended up being overwhelming.
I’m likely to decide to try my best to keep it together tomorrow because I think it’s likely to be therefore giving to people, to put smiles on their faces, said Lush.
“It’s absolutely planning to be overwhelming but it’s going to be great
The clinic has brought phone calls from all over Newfoundland — even reserving appointments for people residing as far away as Marystown, Bonavista and St. John’s.
Lush said the target is to offer fillings, cleanings and extractions to people who aren’t covered under dental insurance.
“We had one lady call and tell us in it and she won’t go out in public that she has this front tooth that has a cavity. She won’t smile due to this issue,” stated Lush when asked the type of telephone calls work is managing
She said there may also be a quantity of seniors booking appointments for Saturday.
Both Conservative and Liberal governments have actually made cuts to provincial programs that covered dental treatments costs for low-income and senior residents in the province.
Lush said the reaction happens to be so high that the dental clinic hopes to have another No Cost Dental Day year that is next.
The Clarenville clinic isn’t the first to offer free smiles. In December, Paradise dental hygiene tossed available its doors on a Sunday to about 20 patients who struggled to pay for treatment.