Free dental clinic in Orangeville next Thursday

June 22, 2017   ·   0 Comments

HEADWATERS DENTAL in Orangeville has been recognized nationally for its ‘Doing Positive in my Backyard’ initiative, which returns for a sixth year next Thursday, June 29.

By Mike Pickford

Headwaters Dental Care in Orangeville will be hosting a free clinic next Thursday (June 29) as a part of its ongoing ‘Doing Positive in my Backyard’ initiative.

The brainchild of Headwaters Dental’s primary owner and chief dentist Dr. Raj Khanuja, the program is this year celebrating its 6th anniversary following its introduction in 2012. So far, the facility has carried out more than $50,000 worth of in-kind dentistry work in Orangeville.

Dr. Khanuja told the Citizen last year that  he has made it a real priority to offer assistance to those who are typically unable to afford to see a dentist.

“I had an opportunity a number of years ago to travel to a developing country to help people and offer oral healthcare services to those that need them. Upon my return, I started to realize that a significant number of people who come into the office here with a spouse, or with children, often forego their oral health because of their commitment to family and other things,” Dr. Khanuja said.

“So I decided to launch this project right here in Orangeville in an effort to help those that need it. So far, it’s been a huge success,” he added.

The clinic is open to anyone in need of dental treatment. Residents will be able to choose one of three procedures offered over the course of the day – a full dental cleaning, a filling (limited to one tooth per patient), or simple tooth extractions, again limited to one tooth per patient. Registration runs from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on June 29, with dental treatment taking place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. No appointments will be taken – treatment is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

“I’m very passionate about this initiative and will continue to offer it in the hopes that we can start up a more regular monthly program, which could eventually lead into some kind of community clinic,” Dr. Khanuja said. “That’s my dream – having a facility with regular hours where people can go to get the help they need, but can’t always afford.”

Headwaters Dental Centre is located at 170 Lakeview Court, Unit 3B. For more information, contact the office at 519-941-2273.

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