Health and Wellness Day

Health and Wellness Day

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

This event has been cancelled for 2020.

Health and Wellness Day (formally Dental Day) was created in 2012 as a response to the barriers many people face within our community in accessing oral care. The name was changed this year as we have taken an interprofessional approach to address a holistic health and wellness approach. 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, LINC program 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.

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 Volunteers

Kiara Lundquist, Dental Assisting Student

"The reason I wanted to be involved in a event like Health and Wellness Day is because of how the program gives back to the community. I enjoy volunteering in extra curricular activities that have a purpose to them, and it’s an added bonus that it involves my future professional career. This event is great for anyone wanting to get more experience, and to get a feel of what it’s like to be working as a dental team while in school. I am excited for Health and Wellness Day to be the start of my career in dental assisting and giving back to the community."

Student volunteers

 

Year 3 Hygiene Students

"Health and Wellness Day is an event that we wanted to become involved with, as future dental hygienists we aim to improve oral health in all populations while giving back to our community. We are excited with implementing an inter-professional aspect to the event this year by involving nursing students and focusing on oral health and its relation to overall body health. Providing free dental treatment allows the most common barrier, finances, to be alleviated for the general public. Many volunteers are needed for Health and Wellness Day and we are grateful for all those who are taking time out of their schedules to help make this a successful event."

Student year 3 volunteers

 

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
2018 48 $31,000

Sponsors

3M Logo
Dentsply Sirona
Henry Shein

 Approximately $15,000 worth of dental supplies for our event, donation of equipment to use and technicians volunteering to fix equipment during event

 

Chartwells Cafe

Coffee, tea, beverages, and lunch for all volunteers

Kavo Kerr

Use of dental equipment

 

Conexus Credit Union

$5000

 

 

Sask Polytech

Use of facility and free parking

G. Murray and Edna Forbes Foundation Fund from South Saskatchewan Community Foundation

$7500

 

 

 

 

Saskatchewan Polytechnic gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the G. Murray and Edna Forbes Foundation Fund at the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, which is a public foundation serving the people of south Saskatchewan. The SSCF builds permanently endowed charitable funds for the changing need and opportunities of the community and provides grants to eligible charitable organizations and qualified donees in Animal Welfare, Arts and Culture, Community Development, Education and Scholarships, Environment, Health, Social Services, Spiritual, and Sports and Recreation sectors.

For more information, contact

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

Robin Mckay Ganshorn
306-775-7323
mckayr@saskpolytech.ca