Access to dental care will get a little easier for Nanaimo’s low-income families, thanks to a funding injection by the provincial government.
The B.C. Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation announced $96,000 for dental programs that help low-income children and adults, including $4,000 for CODE Dental Clinic in Nanaimo.
The funding is geared at helping community dental clinics deliver dental care to vulnerable populations, like children, First Nations, people with disabilities and the homeless.
“Maintaining dental health is so important to the overall health of children and adults alike,” said Don McRae, B.C minister of social development. “I’m really pleased we’re able to make this extra contribution that will benefit children from low-income families who have urgent dental needs, as well as to dental clinics that provide care to British Columbians from vulnerable populations.”
Nineteen clinics received $4,000 each for a total $76,000. The remaining funding will go to the B.C. Dental Association’s Save a Smile Program, which provides urgent dental care to children of low-income families that aren’t covered by a public or private dental plan.