The Toronto Chapter of Alpha Omega has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to establish the Alpha Omega Dental Centre for Geriatric Care at Baycrest.
“This new Dental Centre will be tailored to the unique needs of adults over the age
of 65. We’ve done a tremendous amount of research to determine the best way to build a geriatric dental centre that will meet the needs of patients today and well into the future,” says Dr. Steven Millman, president of the Alpha Omega Toronto Chapter. “Giving back to the community is at the heart of everything we do at Alpha Omega. Supporting Baycrest is a natural fit for our organization.”
Giving back to the community is at the heart of everything we do.
The Alpha Omega Dental Centre at Baycrest will fill a void in comprehensive dental services for seniors, helping to address the needs of older adults with cognitive or physical impairments and complex medications.
“Good dental hygiene is important at all ages, but as we age, the impact of losing a tooth or fighting an infection can harm other parts of the body,” says Dr. Millman. “If patients, for example, cannot chew their food, this can lead to malnutrition and a loss of independence. Studies have shown that good oral hygiene habits can help prevent more serious health problems, such as heart disease, pneumonia, and complications related to diabetes.”
The new Dental Centre will include four large private operatories, two wheelchair lifts, lab and sterilization facilities, a comprehensive imaging suite and a private patient and family consultation space.