Back to school, back to the dentist! 5 resources to help low-income families get that necessary appointment for their childs dental health!

We, at the Children’s Oral Care Centre, advocate for children to see their dentist regularly as one of the keys to dental health.  Most of us get new haircuts, new runners for the beginning of a school year,  so why not take this time to go to the dentist and give your teeth a fresh start as well  if you haven’t been to a dentist for some time?

Dental visit is not covered under Medical Services Plan and if you do not have any private insurance, the cost for dental visit can add up. But before you get too worry, take a look at some homework we have done for you.  We have researched on some resources which can provide assistance for your children’s dental care.

Healthy Kids Program

This program is run by the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation and helps low income families with the costs of basic dental care.  Your child is eligible for this program if he or she is under the age of 19 and receive Medical Services Plan premium assistance through the ministry.  The coverage includes partial coverage of basic dental services.  There is a dollar limit which is renewed every 2 years.  Some restrictions apply, eg. some services may only be covered once a year, like exams, x-rays, or cleanings,  so you have to confirm with your dentist  about the coverage.

Contact the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation by calling:

1 866-866-0800 (Press 4 and then 2)

KEYS Dental Clinic

This is a non-profit dental clinic that offers free services to those on disability or income assistance.  If you do not meet those requirements the clinic does offer low cost cleanings and other services on the Ministry pay scale so they are less costly.    Children must be at least 10 years old to access this benefit.

10697 135A St. Surrey BC


SOURCES BC Dental Clinic

Peace arch free dental clinic offers dental services to low income individuals in the White Rock and South Surrey areas who do not have dental benefits.  They need to be contacted directly for further information.

Suite 208 1461 Johnston Rd. White Rock BC


UBC Dental Clinic

The UBC Dental Clinic offers dental services by students and supervised by professionals at reduced rates.  This service can be lengthier as it is a teaching environment but is more affordable.  They are open from September to May each year and appointments must be booked ahead of time.

2151 Westbrook Mall Vancouver BC



Provides hygiene services, cleanings are $30, but a time commitment is required. Hygiene services are done by students and supervised by professionals.

250 West Pender St. Vancouver BC


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Copyright 2014 The Children’s Oral Care Centre

Our Lego Plum Blossom – a symbol of the hope, strength and endurance of the children at Canuck Place.

Our office recently participated in the 3rd Annual Lego Creative Challenge for Canuck Place.  This event was introduced back in 2010 and provides Abbotsford businesses with the opportunity to support Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in a fun and engaging way.  For those who don’t know, the original Canuck Place is located in Vancouver and provides palliative care and family support for end-of-life children and teens in BC.  However, in order to meet the growing demand for pediatric palliative care in BC, there has been a second facility built in Abbotsford, near the Abbotsford Regional Hospital.  With their new location, their services also expanded to include not only pain and symptom management, grief and loss counseling,  but also art, music, and recreation therapy for children and family as near as Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Langley but as far as the interior of BC as well.    Hospice care for adults is part of medical services but children hospice care is not.   20% of Canuck Place funding comes from the Provincial government while the rest of the 80% is from direct fund raising activities. It is important to participate in events like this to support the great care Canuck place is providing to the children.

The event this past month took place at Sevenoaks Shopping Center in Abbotsford on September 13th and 14th and showcased varying different and unique eye catching Lego creations from different businesses.  It is a really great opportunity to raise awareness and money for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in the community.   All proceeds are given directly to Canuck Place to help children embrace their remaining life in a caring and compassionate environment.

Our team created a beautiful plum blossom mosaic Lego picture. Here is our inspiration for this masterpiece:

The plum (mei 梅) blossom, is one of the  “three friends of winter” (together with Pine and Bamboo) in Chinese culture.   The “three friends” flourish even under adverse conditions and  is a symbol of hope, strength and endurance through hardship.
While experiencing the harshness of the winter months, the plum trees are the first to blossom on the barren landscape even through the snow covered ground.  This is a sign to remind people that winter is coming to a halt and that spring is on its way.   The fragrance of plum blossom emerges from the bitterness and coldness.  The beautiful sight of the plum blossom uplifts people and leads to celebration of the vitality of life.
The plum blossom has even deeper meaning to the Chinese people as it holds four virtues that were appointed to it by Song Dynasty Confucian Scholar, Zhu Xi (朱熹).  The great potential in the bud, prosperity in the flower, harmony in the fruit and rightness in its maturity are the four virtues that together embody the characteristics of heaven.   The five petals of the plum blossom are also auspicious (梅開五福) which symbolize  the blessings of longevity, composure, prosperity, health and virtue.     May all these attributes come upon the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice – Dave Lede Campus of Care!


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If you have a business in Abbotsford or know someone who does tell them about this event for next year! The more businesses that participate the more team-building you can do within your business while having fun and providing support to the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice to improve the quality of the lives of BC’s children.  Hope to see you there next year!

You can learn more about Canuck Place Children’s Hospice by visiting

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