Bouche B program will bring smiles back to the most underprivileged people
The Bouche B program will bring smiles back to the faces of Quebec’s most underprivileged people
A pro bono initiative by the ODQ Foundation in partnership with three social organizations
Montreal, September 26, 2014 – The Fondation de l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec is proud to announce the launch of its all-new Bouche B program. This pro bono initiative will offer free services to vulnerable client groups through partnerships with organizations working with underprivileged members of society.
The Foundation has already signed agreements with three organizations: the Association des centres jeunesse du Québec, the Fondation du Dr Julien and PAS de la rue, which serves people 55 and older in difficulty. These organizations will refer patients with urgent needs to the Foundation.
“This initiative is perfectly in line with the mission of the ODQ Foundation, of promoting access to dental care for the most underprivileged and vulnerable people in our society,” says Foundation President Dr. Pierre Tessier.
The Bouche B program will depend on dentists who are prepared to offer free basic dental care to patients in difficulty. The initiative was inspired by a pro bono program launched last year in the Mauricie region.
“Healthy teeth are an essential part of overall health,” adds Dr. Tessier. “So it’s important to give people in need access to oral care regardless of their financial difficulties, since it can help avoid more serious and costly problems for our health system down the road. We are proud that our dentists are part of this program and we hope to roll it out to several Quebec regions over the next few months.”
For more information, see the website of the Fondation de l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec, at www.fodq.ca.
About the Fondation de l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec
The Foundation is a socially oriented organization with the mission of increasing access to dental care for disadvantaged people, by supporting preventive and curative programs and applied research. It also recognizes the people and organizations that contribute to it.