For close to a decade, the Community Engaged Learning Program has been providing dental care to thousands of people who are low income or homeless in Metro Vancouver.
Now the program, which is a partnership between the Union Gospel Mission (UGM) and UBC’s Faculty of Dentistry, is expanding.
Dwight Harvey was among those in the dentist’s chair on Wednesday, which was set up at a hall in Surrey.
“I needed to do this three years ago,” he said about his check-up. “This is huge.”
Leeann Donnelly, an associate professor with UBC’s Faculty of Dentistry, oversees the program.
“For some there can be more dental disease, gum disease or cavities,” Donnelly said. “Sometimes more oral lesions, but everyone could have these problems.”
Harvey’s check-up turned out to be pain-free and there were no major issues, a relief for the New Westminster resident.
He said he’s grateful to have benefited from the expanding program, as it continues to assist those in need.