Another Successful Dental Mission

The Share a Smile team has completed another successful dental mission in the Nootka Sound area of Vancouver Island.  The team started out travelling to Kyuquot for a 2 day clinic there.  Another 2 day clinic in Zeballos and finally a 2 day clinic in Tahsis.  They helped many people in these remote communities with dental hygiene needs who do not have easy access to dental care.  The mission was a great success and Share a Smile is already looking forward to next year.  Watch for pictures…coming soon.

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New Dental Mission to Nootka Sound…

Hello Everyone,

 Share a Smile Society is looking for volunteers for our next dental mission coming up August 2017 and BCDHA is helping to sponsor 4 registered dental hygienists to join us. If you have a desire to join a volunteer dental mission to give back to the community’s right here in BC, now’s the time.

Travel up the isolated, picturesque coastline of Vancouver Island’s Nootka Sound and ‘Share a Smile’ with the communities in this area. BCDHA has awarded Share a Smile Society with a grant to help fund the travel and accommodation expenses for 4 volunteer dental hygienists.

We will be visiting the communities of Tahsis, Esperanza/Zeballos and Kyuquot in the Nootka Sound and it may be possible for you to join our team for one, two or all of the communities. This is determined after our volunteer numbers are confirmed and travel arrangements are made and confirmed. We will be leaving very early morning on Tuesday, August 15-2017 from Nanaimo and returning late in the day on Wednesday, August 23-2017.

The lucky applicants must be registered dental hygienists in the province of British Columbia with a valid license with the College of Dental Hygienists of BC and must also be members of BCDHA. If you are interested in joining us for this amazing opportunity please submit your resume by mail or email along with a letter of interest including your desired destinations and your BCDHA and College Registration numbers. No previous experience on volunteer missions is necessary and 365 Day Rule exemption is an asset but not required. Deadline for Share a Smile application for BCDHA volunteers is June 21, 2017.

For more information about Share a Smile Society and our Nootka Sound volunteer mission, please visit our website www.shareasmile.ca. You can also email us with inquiries about volunteering or donations at info@shareasmile.ca.

 

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Some pictures from 2016 Nootka Sound Share a Smile dental mission

2016 Nootka Sound 1 2016 Nootka Sound 2Here’s what Kayla & Lisa had to say about their experience:

I had the opportunity to join a team of 4 hygienists to adventure out to the west coast of Vancouver Island in September 2016. I decided to embark on this adventure to share my skills as a hygienist with people that cannot readily access dental care in their community. Profession-ally, as a hygienist, this trip opened my eyes to the limited access to care that so many people in our own province struggle with and how it affects their overall health and quality of life. The limited amount of time we spent in each community only allowed for us to provide a small amount of care for these people, but it made a huge impact in their lives: we provided education that will serve their health for the rest of their lives and also to be passed down generations, we provided immediate hygiene therapy to improve their current health status and empower them to improve their hygiene habits at home. We also had people smile with their teeth showing after a confidence boost aesthetically! These clinical experiences re-ignited my passion for my profession and desire to make a difference in people’s health. Personally, I was also able to build relationships with the people we encountered: we shared life stories, shared meals together, and shared in their culture. I personally loved interacting with the children in the communities we visited, and hope to be able to continue to visit them with future mission trips. Building these relationships with the communities we visited could be strengthened with annual or semi-annual trips, sharing compassion and care, and building trust with the members of the communities which in turn would increase compliance and attendance to clinics! Thank you BCDHA for the grant, Dr. Lathangue at Dogwood Dental for sponsoring me for my trip and to Share A Smile Society for making these trips possible for us to interact and impact so many people’s lives.

 

Kayla Rau, BSc, RDH

Volunteer Share A Smile 2016

I had the opportunity to join a team of 4 hygienists to adventure out to the west coast of Vancouver Island in September 2016. I decided to embark on this adventure to share my skills as a hygienist with people that cannot readily access dental care in their community. Profession-ally, as a hygienist, this trip opened my eyes to the limited access to care that so many people in our own province struggle with and how it affects their overall health and quality of life. The limited amount of time we spent in each community only allowed for us to provide a small amount of care for these people, but it made a huge impact in their lives: we provided education that will serve their health for the rest of their lives and also to be passed down generations, we provided immediate hygiene therapy to improve their current health status and empower them to improve their hygiene habits at home. We also had people smile with their teeth showing after a confidence boost aesthetically! These clinical experiences re-ignited my passion for my profession and desire to make a difference in people’s health. Personally, I was also able to build relationships with the people we encountered: we shared life stories, shared meals together, and shared in their culture. I personally loved interacting with the children in the communities we visited, and hope to be able to continue to visit them with future mission trips. Building these relationships with the communities we visited could be strengthened with annual or semi-annual trips, sharing compassion and care, and building trust with the members of the communities which in turn would increase compliance and attendance to clinics! Thank you BCDHA for the grant, Dr. Lathangue at Dogwood Dental for sponsoring me for my trip and to Share A Smile Society for making these trips possible for us to interact and impact so many people’s lives.

 

Kayla Rau, BSc, RDH

Volunteer Share A Smile 2016

 

If you are looking for a local volunteer experience, Share a Smile is a great charity to volunteer with. It all started with asking myself, how can I help people with the skills I’ve learned outside of my regular work setting? After going to the PDC and talking with someone who had a booth set up who does International charity work, I knew I was ready to do a dental mission. I looked internationally but have felt for a long time, since living and then working in remote areas early in my career in the NWT, that there are still areas in Canada where access to care is difficult so I was really excited when I came upon an advertisement for a local mission.

 

 

I met the team at the crack of dawn in early September and we set off in the RV, then jumped in a water taxi, followed by a pick up truck ride, one more water taxi and then finally reached the first stop of our two week adventure to a remote area off of Vancouver Island called Kyuquot. We set up the clinic and then had some time to take in the scenery. I enjoyed the isolation of the area. With no cell and minimal internet service, the team really got to know each other quickly and everything just seemed to work out smoothly. During the clinic days we all pitched in to make sure that we could provide care to as many people as possible. While working with the team of Dental Hygienist’s from all over BC, the different setting and equipment, gave me a new perspective on my approach to dental hygiene. There were definitely a few thinking outside my regular routine moments which I have taken the knowledge from and used to adapt to my professional practice. I have to admit there were times I was missing the ease of my fully functioning ergonomic room back at the dental office. Things really did just seem to click with this group, volunteering in the clinic, packing and loading our equipment when we were on the move to the next community, and sharing meals and accommodations. We had several people who were quite surprised to find out the team of volunteers had just met!

We also had some time set aside to go and talk with the preschool and elementary school children about preventative care. This became a bit of an adventure when the locals announced there was a bear wandering around near the school. I will remember to pack bear spray next time!

It is a very relaxed pace of life in the remote communities that we visited, which included Tahsis, Zebellos, Esperensa and Kyuquot. Living so close to nature and the water was different than what I’m use to. The people in all of our stops were incredibly easy going and welcoming. We got to enjoy conversation and delicious potlucks with the locals who wanted to show us their appreciation for volunteering our time.

The otters, humpback whales and salmon we spotted on our daily commute and bioluminescence in the evenings, added to such an incredible experience.

I do hope that the charity will continue to have the interest and volunteers that are able to follow up with regular maintenance for people in these isolated areas of Canada.

 

Lisa Gifford, RDH

Volunteer Share A Smile 2016

 

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2017 Heisterman Award Write-up.

Heisterman award write-up

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Final winner of the April Draw

April 28, 2017 was the date of our final draw for a Sonicare Easyclean Electric Toothbrush.  Congratulations to Bill E.  We hope you enjoy your new toothbrush.

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Friendly & Professional

I had an appointment with Catherine at Harbour City Dental Hygiene. She was very friendly and professional throughout the appointment. She did an amazing job cleaning my teeth and took the time to answer my questions as well as volunteer recommendations. I Strongly recommend Harbour City Dental Hygiene.
 
- Myles

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Friendly & Helpful

Both the receptionist and Catherine were very friendly and helpful. Catherine did a good job of cleaning my teeth and was very gentle.

Susan M.

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Gift from the Heart

Participating in the Gift from the Heart makes me happy to be able to have clean teeth before our baby arrives in a few weeks.  Very helpful & friendly staff.  Clean & homey ambiance.  Not a scary place.

Anonymous

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Gift from the Heart

I’ve been needing to have my teeth cleaned for a long time and haven’t been able to afford it.  It’s very nice to have someone volunteer their time and skills to do this.

Anonymous

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Gift from the Heart

This means I can participate in a great program that will benefit my dental hygiene & confidence.  I feel grateful to be accepted and get a service that I’ve been needing for quite some time.  Very friendly people and cozy atmosphere.

Jeremy S.

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Gift from the Heart

This is a GIFT and a big one for me.  Throughout my life I have needed gifts in one form or another over & over again just to manage life.  Thank you for this one.! Excellent hygienist & receptionist.  Very friendly and nice.

Anonymous

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Gift from the Heart

Awesome..!  As a heart patient myself, I know how important oral health is but finances for a senior on a government pension make regular hygiene appointments very difficult.  Thank you so much..!  Very friendly & professional.

Patricia C.

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Gift from the Heart

I am very grateful for this opportunity to have clean teeth. I’m aware of how important good oral hygiene is for good health.  Many thanks to Catherine & Melissa for volunteering your time and Heather for offering her practice.

Iris R.

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First Draw Winner

On March 31-2017 we had our first of 3 draws for a FREE Sonicare Easy Clean Electric Toothbrush.  I am happy to say the winner of the first draw was Jack E.  Congratulations Jack and we hope you enjoy your new electric toothbrush.

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Gift from the Heart…A big success…

Gift from the Heart day (Saturday, April 8th) was a big success at Harbour City Dental Hygiene.  Thanks to Catherine Watt, RDH & Melissa Moir (DH student) for their compassion and hard work in giving back to the community.  They were able to help some of the people in the community who need it most with the No Cost dental hygiene day.  Watch for testimonials and pictures coming soon.

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National Dental Hygienists Week…

Happy National Dental Hygienists Week (April 8-14)…Put Your Purple On..!

What is National Dental Hygienists Week™?

The month of April is Oral Health Month and an important part of this celebration is National Dental Hygienists Week™, celebrated annually in the second week of April. Focusing on the importance of maintaining good oral health practices and helping Canadians understand the role and importance of the dental hygiene profession, this annual event is sponsored by the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA). The week’s theme, “Oral Health for Total Health” reminds all of us that taking care of our mouth, teeth and gums positively impacts on other aspects of our lives.

Why Purple?

The colour purple is synonymous with dental hygiene, and has been the official colour of dental professionals since 1897 when lilac was first chosen for the emblem of the National Association of Dental Faculties. Purple has long been the trim colour for dental hygiene graduates’ caps and gowns and is said to signify compassion, purpose, and inspiration.

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Gift From the Heart

gfth_2017_facebook_coverHarbour City Dental Hygiene will be participating in Gift From the Heart this year.  Saturday, April 8th from 9am – 4pm.  This is a day of NO COST dental hygiene provided to those in our community who need it most.  Please call for an appointment as the spaces will book up quickly.

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Barbara J. Heisterman Award

Heisterman Award PicOn February 18-2017 Heather was presented with the Barbara J. Heisterman Award at the BCDHA Annual General Meeting. Here is a picture of the award she received. Certainly well deserved Heather and congratulations again…

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Recipient of the Barbara J. Heisterman Award

Heisterman Award 2017

 

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Great Service…

Great service and personable advice for dental hygiene. Highly recommended.

Max N.

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Super Gentle

Best cleaning I’ve ever had. And they are super gentle and nice

Danica B.

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Would highly recommend…..

I would Rate Appointment as a 10/10 and so therefore would highly recommend you.  I found both staff members Lynn, and Christine to be very friendly, most welcoming, and personable which is quite important to me.

Christine was most informative during the process of her working on my teeth.  The ambience of your office being a heritage building is lovely.  I thoroughly appreciated the experience of coming to your clean, quiet, non frenetic and professional environment.  I also really enjoyed the great selection of herbal teas that we could help ourselves to…which only added to the relaxed atmosphere.  Looking forward to my next appointment.  Need I say more!!!

Sincerely,

Chrysoula

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Relaxed, friendly atmosphere…

I found both the staff (and lovely heritage building) to be most welcoming. A very relaxed, friendly atmosphere and Christine did a great job of cleaning my teeth. Thank you…

Chrysoula & Kevin V.

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My mouth feels sparkly clean..!

Had a great experience during my cleaning, Very professional, relaxed atmosphere and had some good laughs. My mouth feels sparkly clean and learned a lot of helpful tips to continuing improvement in Oral Hygiene. Thank you Christine, most pleasant cleaning I have been a part of.   Jesse D.

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Thoroughly Professional

A thoroughly professional and pleasant experience. I’ll return. Thanks much.

M.Smith

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Share a Smile 2016 – A Big Success

Heather Cooper and the Share a Smile team are back from their dental mission to the Nootka Sound area.  The trip was a big success.

A team of four dental hygienists set up clinics first in Kyuquot, then moved on to Esperanza/Zeballos and finally to Tahsis.  The hygienists provided 2 free clinic days in each of these remote areas to give all the people in the communities a chance to receive free dental hygiene treatment.  This treatment also included fissure sealants, IST (long term temporary restorations) and dental health education when needed.

Watch for pictures from this dental mission.

 

 

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2016 Share A Smile Dental Mission

Share a Smile Society is looking for volunteers for our next dental mission coming up September 2016 and BCDHA is helping to sponsor 4 registered dental hygienists to join us. If you have a desire to join a volunteer dental mission to give back to the community’s right here in BC, now’s the time.

Travel up the isolated, picturesque coastline of Vancouver Island’s Nootka Sound and ‘Share a Smile’ with the communities in this area. BCDHA has awarded Share a Smile Society with a grant to help fund the travel and accommodation expenses for 4 volunteer dental hygienists.

We will be visiting the communities of Tahsis, Esperanza/Zeballos and Kyuquot in the Nootka Sound and it may be possible for you to join our team for one, two or all of the communities. This is determined after our volunteer numbers are confirmed and travel arrangements are made and confirmed. We will be leaving on or about September 5th and returning on September 14th.

The lucky applicants must be registered dental hygienists in the province of British Columbia with a valid license with the College of Dental Hygienists of BC and must also be members of BCDHA. If you are interested in joining us for this amazing opportunity please submit your resume by mail or email along with a letter of interest including your desired destinations and your BCDHA and College Registration numbers. No previous experience on volunteer missions is necessary and 365 Day Rule exemption is an asset but not required.  Deadline for Share a Smile application for BCDHA volunteers is June 19, 2016.

For more information about Share a Smile Society and our Nootka Sound volunteer mission, please visit our website www.shareasmile.ca. You can also email us with inquiries about volunteering or donations at info@shareasmile.ca.

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2016 Volunteer Dental Trip

Hello Everyone,

We are now in the planning stages for our next volunteer dental trip.  Watch for more information on our upcoming trip to Nootka Sound in September 2016.    No exact dates have been decided yet.  We will keep you posted as plans come together.

 

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Best ever!!! Rave Rave Rave…

I have never had a better experience. I really didn’t think Lindsey could get the staining off my teeth. They were Really bad. Not only do they look better now than ever… There was no scraping!! She used a different technique and a sprayer with salt and baking soda which is way less abrasive and worked so much better! She has excellent ‘bed side manner?’ and we had nice chat about stuff. So nice. Always making sure I was ok with everything and asking if I needed a rinse or anything. When she showed me my teeth I just about cried and wanted to hug her. The other way with the scraping always left my teeth with tiny ridges I could feel with my tongue. And never got everything off. My teeth feel the smoothest ever today. And they’re clean! Stains I had for years and I thought were cavities actually. I can’t rave about this service enough though I don’t think I’m allowed that many words lol. I’m amazed. Was treated promptly and professionally and just plain nicely! Didn’t get the name of the lady at the desk but she was really nice too. I will recommend Lindsey and this company to everyone I know. I’m moving away but when I come back to visit I hope Lindsey still works there. I will be returning. Seriously. Best ever. Rave rave rave. Go see them. You won’t be disappointed. Oh and it wasn’t even expensive!! So worth it. It’s your mouth. Your smile means so much. I can smile again without hiding my teeth. My confidence has shot up so high. I’d pay twice their price just to feel and look like I do today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

J. Brookes

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Warm & Friendly

I was referred to Harbour City Dental Hygiene for my dental cleaning.  All I can say is…I had fun.  The Hygienist was great and everything went smoothly.  I would refer all my family & friends.  Thanks for the great experience.

Chrissy H.

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Everything was perfect!

Really nice approach, very nice people and really good cleaning.  It was very properly done.  Everything was perfect.  I would most definitely refer my family & friends – 100% yes…

 

Eva S.

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Friendly, Professional Service

During the past 6 years Harbour City Dental Hygiene has impressed me by their friendly & professional service.

Prior to discovering this company I’d assumed my teeth & gums we’re fated to hurt during and after each cleaning.  However, ever since my first appointment at Harbour City Dental Hygiene I have found no dental pains at all.  No painful experiences during or after these cleanings has made it much more easy for me to keeping my regular appointments booked.  My teeth & gums feel great long after each session.

I highly recommend them & even look forward to my own next visit.

 

P. Mitchell

 

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The best cleaning I ever had.

I was very pleased with the cleaning I received from Lindsey.  It was the best cleaning I have ever had.  Thank you.

Enrico Y.

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My mouth feels wonderful!

Dear harbour city dental hygiene,

Thank you for the gratuitous teeth cleaning my mouth feels wonderful!

Lindsey is an exceptional dental hygienist.

 

Sincerely,

-Alisha

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This is What our Community Needs!…

Gift From the HeartThank you for having the “Gift From the Heart” Program to help people in need.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.  This is what our community needs, more people giving back.  Not just one day, but every day of the year.

A Nanaimo Citizen

 

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Gift From the Heart from Independent dental hygiene practitioners

No Cost Dental Hygiene Care for those in need.

Learn more about Gift from the Heart! Click here!

 

 

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Thanks to Lindsey for her attention to detail!

I was very thankful for the thorough cleaning and observations made by Lindsey.  Thanks to Lindsey and her attention to detail she was able to inform me of a medical issue with my thyroid that required immediate attention.  Thank you again…excellent job.

Rebecca S.

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Recognition of Dedication to Dental Hygiene Profession

Dianne Gallagher Award 2014Heather Cooper, RDH has been selected by the BCDHA board of directors as the 2014 recipient of the Diane Gallagher Inspiration Award. The award will be presented at the 2014 BCDHA Luncheon Meeting in Kelowna this fall.  We, the staff & co-workers at Harbour City Dental Hygiene are very proud of Heather for her accomplishments and congratulate her on the recognition.

Dianne Gallagher Inspiration Award
This award recognizes and honours a dental hygienist or dental hygiene student whose commitment and character have inspired dental hygienists to support the dental hygiene profession.

 

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You have inspired me!

 

Well true to your award, you have inspired me!

 

Funny how someone you meet for what seems like a few minutes in life can make such a profound impression! Thank you.

 

It was really great to see Jonah and your mom; you have a wonderful family.

 

Mag Grant, RDH

 

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Level of Expertise is the best on the Island!

The absolute best cleaning ever! Very gentle and thorough. I recommend Heather to everyone I know as her level of knowledge and expertise is the best on the Island!
~Kristine M

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Organic Weed Killer

2 Cups Multi Purpose Epsom Salt (or sea salt)
1 Gallon Vinegar (pickle juice works, too)
1/4 Cup Dish Soap

Mix well, but don’t shake (bubbles).  Spray generously on all parts of the weeds on a warm hot day. Drench the leaves with liquid.  This works well for areas in stone or brick patios where you don’t want grass or weeds.  Be careful not to spray any treasured plants.  Cover nearby plants with newspaper to protect them from overspray.

Don’t need a gallon of it?  Reduce the recipe to 2 cups vinegar, 1 tbsp. salt and 1 tbsp soap.  The ratio isn’t that important.  The vinegar does the killing.  The soap strips the protective oils and helps the vinegar stick to the broad leaves, and the salt remains in the soil to prevent regrowth.

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A Different Perspective

Yes, you did a magnificent job to a person who needed a push from a different perspective. And the thought of tea with you was the curveball that brought me in. Thank you so much for all your help, motivation and encouragement. I was able to break thru and make the appointment. You girls are the best and you take care. And today I am smiling, my teeth are so clean! ~ Mark N

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Thumbs Up!

Times Colonist, Sunday, January 21, 2014:
Thumbs up to Heather Cooper, a Nanaimo dental hygienist for creating Share a Smile, an organization that delivers free dental services to remote areas of Vancouver Island where dentists aren’t readily accessible.

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Hygienist Shares a Smile with Remote Communities

An article in Victoria’s Times Colonist exposed the charitable contributions of Heather Cooper, RDH and the Share a Smile Society. This fall, they went to the remote communities of Nootka Sound and held three free dental clinics.

Sisters keep a close eye on their youngest brother
Sisters keep a close eye on their youngest brother

To view the entire article, visit The Times Colonist

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Praise for Mobile Service

You guys are great and thanks again…this is such a beautiful service!
~Felicia

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Heather Cooper, the Dental Hygiene Wizard

I love this woman. My teeth have never looked or felt better. She is a wizard. So very knowledgeable. So much fun as well.
I will be seeing her every 4 months. Great investment in my smile.
~ Su Grimmer

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National Dental Hygienists Week 2013

Harbour City Dental Hygiene celebrated National Dental Hygienists Week™/Oral Health Month by providing custom fitted mouth guards for the spring football program at John Barsby Community School in Nanaimo, BC.

Over 60 students between the ages of 14 and 18 had impressions made by the hygienists from Harbour City Dental Hygiene and volunteers from the VIU Dental Hygiene Program during National Dental Hygienists Week™. The mouth guards were fabricated and ready for the first training camp on April 21st.

The students were eager to learn how the mouth guards protect their teeth, gums and jaws in sports related injuries.  They gained an understanding of how important it is to wear their mouth guard during practice and non-competitive play as well as official games.

Nanaimo Bulletin News Article http://www.nanaimobulletin.com/business/202015161.html

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Altrusa International: Leading to a Better Community

On behalf of Altrusa of Nanaimio, I wish to extend our appreciation for the donation of toothpaste & bags to put in our care bags.

Once or twice a year we fill our home-made bags with personal items & deliver same to such organizations as Haven Society, RCMP Victim Services, NRGH & Samaritan House to assist women who may have found it necessary to leave their homes with very little.

As our funding has been reduced, your generous donation helps us continue with this project.

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Best Cleaning in a Long Time

I was so pleased to meet you both and experience such a class reception and the best hygiene cleaning I have had in a very long time. Kaylie was so efficient hardworking and professional. I will and have already recommended your services highly
Sincerely
Carol B.

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No small accomplishment with a 2.5 year old!

Thanks for providing such a great cleaning to Eden this morning- she sure felt comfortable with you- which is no small accomplishment with a 2.5 year old!

Sarah Segal

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