We want to live in healthy communities!
We at the Smile Mission believe that every person in Canada should have access to basic dental care, and we want to make that ideal a reality.
Because dental professionals must charge everyone the same prices whether they are insured or not, people with financial barriers typically lack access to dental care in Canada. All low-income dental hygiene clinics in BC suffer from chronic under-funding, difficulty acquiring volunteer dental providers, and staff burn-out. This leads to irregular clinic hours and treatment limited to people who have no money and are in pain. We cannot create health when we only focus on emergency treatment, and being a patient in this condition is humiliating. The Smile Mission is doing things differently.
Smile Mission income improves access to dental maintenance care, with dignity, at participating dental (hygiene) clinics.
"My mouth feels amazing"
" I learned a lot of new things"