As seniors continue to be a growing segment of the Canadian population, so does the demand for access to reputable health and dental care. In recognition of these needs, the Government of Ontario recently implemented a program to build and develop resources that improve access to dental care for seniors. The Region of Halton embraces this initiative as it plans to build a new dental clinic catering to its senior community.

As there is currently no public clinic specifically tailored to seniors within the Halton Region, the new clinic will be a “dental home” for seniors, addressing their dental needs at no cost to them. Not only will the clinic improve ease of access, but will also relieve the financial burdens related to maintaining optimal dental health. Upon completion of the clinic, seniors who meet the eligibility requirements, or their caregivers, can register for free through the Municipality of Halton.

Supporting this initiative is TempStars founder Dr. James Younger.

A dentist of over 21 years himself, Dr. Younger says it’s rewarding to give back to the community and draw on his years of experience and insights to help Halton build the best facility possible. “We plan to set up systems to ensure the program is run efficiently and has the broadest impact on improving access to dental care for seniors.”

Seniors can register for the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program online or by mail starting next month. Those eligible can get care at public health units, community health centres and Aboriginal Health Access Centres. Eligible seniors can get dental care at Halton’s public clinic when it opens. Seniors don’t have to wait for the clinic to open to register. Once registered, seniors can go to any public dental clinic in Ontario.