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Toronto Clinic Client Says Dentist ‘Saved My Life’

August 8, 2022
by The Toronto Star

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Sharon Edmonds credits Toronto Public Health dentist Dr. Rishi Saxena not only for her good oral health — but for saving her life.

Edmonds, 69, went to TPH’s Dental and Oral Health Services Clinic at the Rexdale Community Hub 18 months ago, after googling where she could obtain cost-free dental services. She learned she qualified for the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program.

“Before he even did my assessment, he took my blood pressure, which I found very unusual,” Edmonds recalled. “I’m 69. No dentist has ever taken my blood pressure. It was sky high — 210/85. He told me it was urgent. I needed to go to my family doctor or to a hospital. He saved my life!”

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