The Gift from the Heart project links Canadians with dental hygienists, raises awareness about access to oral health care issues and emphasizes the role of the dental hygienist as a primary oral health care provider.
The Gift from the Heart hopes for a future where all Canadians who experience barriers will have access to oral health care through a dental hygienist and ultimately experience improved overall health outcomes.
The W.H.O (World Health Organization) states that: health professionals play a central and critical role in improving access and quality health care for the population.
They provide essential services that promote health, prevent diseases and deliver health care services to individuals, families and communities based on the primary health care approach.
We believe that the Gift from the Heart event is paramount in delivering this model.
Improve quality of overall health: Dental Hygienists are health care professionals educated in oral health and who advocate for overall wellness of those we serve.
Community: we support our communities by providing no cost dental hygiene care to our neighbours in need.
Caring: we are committed to giving back with empathy and compassion.
Respect: we believe that all people should be treated with consideration and dignity.
Diversity: we appreciate and encourage diversity for the enrichment it brings.
Teamwork: we are committed to working together with all dental hygienists, volunteers and we seek opportunities to form alliances with others that promote the public good and enhance the oral healthcare community as a whole.