Dr. Devon Quinton, assisted by Caralee Robertson, a certified dental assistant, works to help Martin Bukta, one of the patients at a free one-day dental clinic on Friday.

Dr. Devon Quinton, assisted by Caralee Robertson, a certified dental assistant, works to help Martin Bukta, one of the patients at a free one-day dental clinic on Friday.

One-day clinic provides free dental care

Staff at Dr. Devon Quinton’s dental clinic on Kelly Avenue volunteered their time on Friday to host a free dental clinic.

Staff at Dr. Devon Quinton’s dental clinic on Kelly Avenue volunteered their time on Friday to host a free dental clinic for low-income adults and seniors.

Greta Henning, of Henning Emergency Clinic of Kindness Society, said the one-day clinic was for those who are dealing with dental pain or infections and do not have a dentist of their own.

During the day, staff at the clinic saw 16 patients, conducted one exam, filled one tooth and performed 39 tooth extractions and four root tip extractions.

An earlier clinic in Summerland had been held at Jubilee Dental Centre.

While medical care is covered provincially, dental care is not included in this coverage.

During the day, coffee was provided by Summerland Mac’s while Vera Duffy of Penticton provided a lunch which was available by donation.

Patients are treated on a first-come, first-served basis

Those who wish to arrange an appointment at a future clinic should contact the Salvation Army Food Bank in Penticton or the Ooknakane Friendship Centre in Penticton.

Henning is hoping to open a permanent clinic in the South Okanagan. Until such a clinic is a reality, she will continue to arrange similar one-day clinics.

Those who have questions or would like to make a donation to Henning’s clinic are asked to contact Henning at 250-493-9299.

 

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