New dental and child care initiative is coming to downtown Dryden

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A new initiative between two community organizations will help provide free child care while a parent receives free dental care.

The Northwestern Health Unit and the Kenora District Services Board are announcing new services through KDSB’s Early ON Children’s Center and NWHU Dental Clinic which are now available in their building at 20 King Street.

The new KDSB building at 20 King Street. Photo courtesy of KDSB.

The downtown location will provide free dental services to eligible NWHU customers, with publicly funded programs for people of all ages. In addition, trained EarlyON staff will be available to supervise children as needed.

“Poor oral health has an impact on quality of life. Missing teeth and mouth pain can affect speech, the foods we can eat, how we socialize, our employability and our ability to go to school or work,” says Dawn Sauvé, Dental Health Manager at NWHU.

“Our services help improve quality of life by treating existing dental problems and helping to prevent future problems. If you can’t afford dental care, contact us to see if we can help you,” says Sauvé.

To learn more about the dental programs available, you are invited to visit www.nwhu.on.ca, call 855-407-6453 or email dentalhealth@nwhu.on.ca. Services are accessible through the east entrance on King Street.

“On behalf of KDSB, we appreciate the supervision of children by EarlyON and the dental clinic’s partnership between the Kenora District Services Board and the Northwestern Health Unit. The initiative provides more centralized access to vital services and removes barriers for those coming in for on-site appointments,” said KDSB Chief Executive Henry Wall.

20 King Street is the site of the old Central Hotel, which was demolished in 2020. The building had existed since 1898, when it was known as Sheane Boarding House.

Central hotel in 2020Central hotel in 2020

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