The COVID-19 Effect: ‘Hundreds and Hundreds’ of Children Waiting for Dental Screenings in Orangeville, Shelburne, Dufferin County, Guelph

It’s common for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health to have a wait list for dental screenings, but the public health department is inundated due to closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Normally, we’re able to get through that list much faster,” said Rita Isley, director of community health and chief of nursing with WDGPH. “We have hundreds and hundreds of kids on our wait list.”

 WDGPH offers dental care to children under the age of 17 for low-income families. The program is funded by the Healthy Smiles Ontario program.

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