Dental hygienists are primary oral health care providers who treat their clients holistically. Dental hygienists look at how oral health and overall health are linked. Dental hygienists collect health histories, review medications, monitor blood pressure and screen for oral cancer. Dental hygienists work within their scope of practice and recognise when collaboration with another healthcare professional is required.
The Gift from the Heart project is an opportunity to make a difference in your community by providing care to clients who may not have known about the important role of dental hygienists on the health care team.
Make a difference and volunteer! You will definitely change a life, and you may even save one!
Next Gift From The Heart Day
April 4th, 2020
The Gift from the Heart project
A Canadian initiative which began in 2008 as a one-day event offering “no cost” dental hygiene services for those who experience barriers accessing dental hygiene care.
The Gift from the Heart project is looking to the future, to align its mission with the needs of the Canadian population.
Why we need donations:
- To support our volunteers
- To spread our message
- To develop a foundation for those in need
Give a Gift from the Heart
We all know someone who cannot financially afford preventative dental hygiene care. They are the under served and the under serviced people of our communities.
They are the neglected, those without dental insurance or those on a fixed income, the fearful and those who are not able to access oral health care. In 2008, I founded the Gift from the Heart a one day event which allows registered dental hygienists to give back to their communities by providing no cost dental hygiene care. The response was overwhelming.
For 11 consecutive years, registered dental hygienists have joined together to provide a GIFT like no other.
On Saturday April 6th, 2019 registered Dental Hygienists across Canada opened their hearts and clinics to provide oral health care to the public who may be financially unable to receive preventative oral health care or who have difficulty accessing dental hygiene treatment; at no cost.
We welcome your participation all April 4th, 2020! Make a difference and volunteer! Change a life…Save a life. The benefits to you and your community are endless. We all know people who are struggling and we can life them up and give them something to smile about.
Follow GFTH on social media for updates and when registration begins. Cheers to everyone who gave back with #GFTH19.
See you all all April 4th, 2020!
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.
Saving lives, changing lives… One smile at a time at a time
Get in Touch. Get Involved.
An idea is formed from our Head and comes from the Heart and is Gifted through our Hands. We are Dental Hygienists and together we can make a difference.
One Smile at a Time!