Taking steps to break the cycle of poverty takes courage and confidence. With the compassion of Dr. Yabut Dentistry, HOPE Smiles provides Circles Leaders and volunteers who are community members with dental care they otherwise would not be able to afford.
In Ontario, 1 in 5 people do not visit a dentist due to the cost. Every 9 minutes someone goes to a hospital emergency room and every 3 minutes someone goes to a doctor’s office due to dental problems.
The immediate impact of inaccessibility to dental care is pain and suffering. The long-term impact is often much greater as a lack of access to dental care can limit employment opportunities due to poor physical appearance from missing or discolored teeth. In maintaining a healthy smile, individuals who access HOPE Smiles are provided with the sense of dignity they need in order to move forward in their search for jobs or continued education.