Sask. Polytechnic students give free dental work to those without insurance

One hundred people receive free dental work courtesy of Sask Polytechnic.
One hundred people receive free dental work courtesy of Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Krista Sharpe / Global News

REGINA – If not properly insured, dental fee’s can get expensive. That’s why students in Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s dental hygiene program are lending a hand for free.

Nearly 100 patients showed up Saturday afternoon, and experienced an hour wait to receive their free dental work.

The one-day program has been running for five years and the popularity has already doubled from last year.

“We’re seeing a lot of recent Syrian refugees that are coming in and I think we have about 20 in for today which is awesome,” second-year student Kaelyn Oberle said.

The students said they love to help out in the community.

It gives them hands on experience and a chance to share what they have learned in the classroom. For some, dental health is a passion because it reflects so much more.

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“The importance of dental health is that it’s related to your overall health, and a lot of people don’t realize that it’s a cyclic relationship; diabetes, cardiovascular disease,” dental assistant and second-year student Leah Bedard said.

“It’s all related to your dental health so getting one thing on track can help with your overall.”