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Dental Day

Dental Day

Dentists, dental therapists, denturists, dental assistants, dental hygienists and more than 80 Sask Polytech students, faculty and staff volunteers, come together to provide easy access to quality oral health care. 

This event is by invitation only. Participants must attend a pre-assessment appointment so we can determine what care is required. The number of people we see each year is dependent on our dental professional volunteers, time and amount of supplies. 

Date: April 2020
Time:  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Dental Clinic
Sask Polytech, Regina Campus
4500 Wascana Pky, Regina
5th floor

Dental Day was created in 2012 as a response to the barriers many people face within our community in accessing oral care. We recognize that there are many people who need help and we try to target those with the greatest need by partnering with the Regina Food Bank and the Regina Open Door Society. 

We thank all of our volunteers and sponsors for their continued support. 

Dental Professional Volunteers - What to Bring

Please label your instruments.

Dental hygienists need to bring

  • 3 sets of instruments in cassettes
  • 3 sets of ultrasonic tips (30K) you may use and 3 slow speeds. 
  • bucket for transporting your supplies

All disposable supplies will be provided. Please wear appropriate clinic attire and safety glasses. Henry Shein technicians will be on-site to provide assistance. 

We provide disposable items include etchant, gauze, anesthetic, amalgam, composite, etc. These will be provided at a dispensary cart. You are only required to bring the items above, in addition to any unique items that you prefer to use.

Sterilization of instruments is provided, ongoing, throughout the day. Volunteers will be available to help you with set up, tear down, instrument processing, gathering supplies and documentation.

Please label your instruments.

All disposable supplies will be provided. Please wear appropriate clinic attire and safety glasses. Henry Shein technicians will be on-site to provide assistance. 

There may not be supplies at the school to borrow as every operator is different as to their preferences.

Supply List

This list is a minimum; please feel free to bring additional supplies to avoid not having your items sterilized in time.

  • 2-3 restoration/ endo kits
  • 1 extraction kit- in case tooth is not restorable
  • Endo handpieces
  • 3 high speed hand pieces with couplers
  • 3 low speed hand pieces with couplers
  • 3 syringes
  • 3 Dental Dam Forceps
  • 3 Dental Dam Frames
  • Files, paper points, gutta percha, gates, temporary restorative material, torch, irrigating syringes and tips
  • Unique burs or items that you like to use
  • Any other preferred supplies for this procedure

We provide disposable items include etchant, gauze, anesthetic, amalgam, composite, etc. These will be provided at a dispensary cart. You are only required to bring the items above, in addition to any unique items that you prefer to use.

Sterilization of instruments is provided, ongoing, throughout the day. Volunteers will be available to help you with set up, tear down, instrument processing, gathering supplies and documentation.

Spotlight on Dr. Eric Knouse, Dental Day volunteer since 2012

Dr. KnouseHow did you become aware of Dental Day?

I first became aware of Dental Day from a presentation by Dental Hygiene students at a spring Regina and District Dental Society meeting in 2012. This was the first year Dental Day was offered.

Why do you volunteer for Dental Day each year? is it important to you?

I enjoy that I have a career where we can give back. It is an opportunity to give back to our community, helping those that otherwise would not have access to care is a rewarding opportunity. 

Can you share a personal story of a client you helped that made a difference for you?

Many of the patients that we see on Dental Day are recent immigrants, often making communication difficult. A lady came in with a very large cavity on one of her upper front teeth, that typically would be extracted if covered by Saskatchewan Health. We were able to save her tooth with a root canal, and rebuild the tooth with a filling. She was so happy and couldn't stop smiling when we were done. It felt great to save her tooth, as it would have been very unfortunate for her to lose a tooth that was in her smile.

Want to Volunteer?

Join our mailing list. You'll be the first to know about upcoming events. You will receive an e-mail as information becomes available. Continuing education credit will be forwarded to your Association following the event.

 
 
Student Organizers

2017-2018 Dental Day Student Organizers

Jada and Gina - Dental Assisting students

"As dental assistant student leads and representatives of our class, our goal is to provide everyone with a smile they would be proud of. Dental Day is a great opportunity for those in need. We are looking forward to making a difference within our community by providing dental care to those who normally would not have access to it."



Katie and Kelsey - Dental Hygiene students student organizers Katie and Kelsey
"Together we believe that improving oral health conditions of those with financial barriers within the community is very important. Thus, we hope to help clients create a smile that they will appreciate. We hope to accomplish a friendly successful environment, not only to volunteers but to the individuals seeking care on Dental Day."
           


 


Edyn and Alison - Dental Hygiene students student organizers Edyn and Alison
"As future dental hygienists we are excited to be able to help our community by providing preventative care and educating individuals on its importance. We hope to prevent oral disease before occurs and prevent its effects on our clients overall health. This event will give individuals the opportunity to take control of their oral health and ultimately help them to create a better quality of life. With the help of our volunteers we hope to carry on the legacy of dental hygiene day that our previous organizers worked hard to create and continue to make it better and better each year."

Statistics

Year Number of clients seen Treatment completed
2012 42 $20,000
2013 62 $23,000
2014 75 $32,000
2015 80 $26,000
2016 90 $44,000
2017 89 $36,000

 

For more information, contact

Dean Lefebvre
306-775-7552
dean.lefebvre@saskpolytech.ca

Robin McKay Ganshorn
306-775-7323
robin.mckayganshorn@saskpolytech.ca

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