Many barriers exist preventing a large proportion of our clients from attaining their full oral health and overall health potential; a huge one being the high cost of dental care. Based on the recent 2017 report Oral Health in Peel: Key Findings about Risk Factors and Oral Health Outcomes, 30% of local residents cited cost as a barrier to seeing a dentist.
As an organization, WellFort is deeply committed to health equity. It is embedded in our vision and mission and is strongly reflected in our organization’s Resolutions for 2017. Our commitment to health equity has led us to focus significant energy on access to oral health care over the past number of years.
In 2011, WellFort established Health n’ Smiles, our CHC’s dental clinic which provides increased access to dental care to various groups that currently have access to oral health care through targeted government-funded programs. This includes children under the age of 18 living in under-resourced families or in the need of urgent care, and qualified seniors over the age of 65.