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When children encounter dental
problems, it not only impacts their health; it can affect their concentration
in school, their confidence and their interaction with others.
Variety Children’s Dental Outreach program has benefitted many such students
over the years, helping them conquer their fear of the dentist’s chair and find
program is the result of a partnership between Variety: The Children’s Charity,
the University of Manitoba’s Pediatric Dentistry Program, the Winnipeg Regional
Health Authority and WSD. A total of 16 schools took part in the program in 2017-18.
Representatives met on June 19 for a wind-up of this year’s program.
program is really unique and special,” said Dr. Brad Klus, the U of M’s
Division Head of Pediatric Dentistry. “We know that 80 per cent of the cavities
happen in 25 per cent of the kids. So we are really targeting those students
that are in the greatest of need.”
the school year, dentists with the U of M visit schools to screen students for
any potential dental issues. Parents are provided with photographs of their
children’s teeth and an outline of recommended treatment. Once parental consent
is obtained, students are bused to the U of M to receive the necessary treatment,
at no cost to families.
program provided dental screening to 2,200 WSD students this school year, with
300 students going on to further treatment at U of M.
CEO Jeff Liba, Variety Program and Outreach Coordinator Amanda Henry, Stanley
Knowles Vice-Principal Joy Perrott, Stanley Knowles School Guidance Counsellor
Joanne Rusen and Brad Klus, Division Head of Pediatric Dentistry at the U of M.
Stanley Knowles was honoured for outstanding participation in the 2017-18
Variety Children’s Dental Outreach program.
CEO Jeff Liba said the program was one of the pillars of Variety Manitoba’s ongoing
see ourselves as in this for the long haul,” he said. “We really believe in
early intervention and want to make a difference and remove all of the barriers
that we can for all of these kids to have the best chance of success in life.”
Park School Principal Dennis Mogg said schools are in a good position to
provide students with additional supports that will aid their ability to
learn—whether that means addressing hunger, vision problems or a toothache.
very, very much appreciate this partnership and hope to continue, so we can do
whatever it takes to get our kids school-ready,” he said.
from all 16 schools spoke of the ways the program made a difference in the
lives of students and their families. Luxton School Principal Nancy Karpinsky
spoke of one student who moved past their initial reservations of seeing the
dentist to actually getting braces.
can’t be more prouder to show off her smile…and it was through Variety that she
took her first steps,” she said.
Luxton student, who was also a proud to show off his smile, said succinctly:
“Now I have a happy mouth.”