Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

October 12, 2007 14:37 ET

CDHA and YWCA Working Together to Give Women Something to Smile About

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2007) - The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) and YWCA Canada join forces to boost women's oral health and assist women and children most in need.

This year's YWCA Week Without Violence® national campaign falls on Sunday Oct. 14 to Saturday Oct. 20, 2007. To mark this occasion, CDHA and YWCA Canada will support oral hygiene self-care and wellness to women and children who have experienced violence and are currently living in YWCA shelters.

Dental hygienists from across Canada are called upon to donate their time to help women and children living in precarious situations access oral health preventative services. Dental hygienists are asked to facilitate oral health workshops and clinical services at YWCA's across Canada. Many women living at the YWCA have arrived in times of crisis and do not have the means to access proper oral health care. In order to address this challenge, dental hygienists will provide dental cleaning for many women and children living at YWCA shelters. Since many emergency shelter residents also arrive with little of their belongings, CDHA will also distribute new toothbrushes to the YWCA compliments of Oral-B.

The 11th annual YWCA Week With out Violence® is a worldwide effort led by YWCA's in over 90 countries. YWCA Canada builds on the leadership of women and girls to promote community responses to all forms of violence. There are many activities planned to unite people in identifying realistic and sustainable alternatives to violence. For more information and to get involved, visit www.weekwithoutviolence.ca.

Dental hygienists interested in donating their time and services to women and children residing in YWCA shelters and transition houses should contact Lillia Dahmani, National Program Coordinator at YWCA Canada, tel. 416-962-8881, ext. 225 or dlahmani@ywcacanada.ca.

CDHA is the authoritative voice for oral health in Canada. For oral health tips for individuals, parents, children, and teachers visit: www.preventionprofessionals.ca For information about the YWCA week without violence visit: www.weekwithoutviolence.ca

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