CTV Winnipeg: Why some Manitobans haven’t been to the dentist recently
On top of that, four clinics in Winnipeg provide care for people who can’t always afford a dental visit – the Mount Carmel Clinic, the Access Clinic downtown, Siloam Mission and the University of Manitoba.
Dr. Anastasia Kelekis-Cholakis, the dean of the Dr. Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba, said it is always concerning to hear about people not accessing the dentist due to cost.
At the U of M, there are seven dental clinics which are used as teaching areas for students, but people can also receive care at a reduced price.
The care ranges from general dental work to orthodontics and even a sleep apnea clinic.
“All those clinics operate at about under 50 per cent of the Manitoba fee guide. So the treatment is not free, but it’s significantly discounted,” said Kelekis-Cholakis.