July 2, 2011
July 1, 2011 – By Tanya Talaga – Queen’s Park Bureau – Toronto Star
At 28, young mom Chrissy Johnson refused to open her mouth because if she did, people would see her rotten teeth and abscessed gums.
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Johnson quit her factory job due to pain in her jaws. Embarrassed, she refused to go to her children’s school and spoke to teachers only by phone. She was constantly sick, on antibiotics and depressed about her smile.
She bravely came to Queen’s Park two years ago to be a voice for thousands in Ontario who go without dental care simply because they are poor. On that day,Johnson was heard. George Brown College came to her aid — the school found dentists willing to donate their time and her teeth were pulled. She was outfit with dentures.