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Dental Health Care for Older Adults - It's not Just about Fillings!

Whatever our age, we can keep our teeth and gums looking good, and staying healthy for a lifetime - provided we look after them. Some aspects of aging such as certain medical conditions and medications combined with lifestyle choices like smoking, alcohol, and diet can affect how we need to care for our teeth and gums, the type and severity of oral diseases, the impact of oral disease on our general and psychosocial health, and how oral disease is managed.

Join Brenda Joy, Periodontist, and Deanna Mackay, Registered Dental Hygienist, in learning more about this important health topic.

April is Oral Health Month, and every registered Zoom participant will receive an oral health self-care “swag” bag and a chance to win an Oral B electric toothbrush worth $180, both generously donated by the Vancouver Island University Dental Hygiene Program (must be present at the Zoom session to win the electric toothbrush!)

Email Nat at to register.

Registration deadline: noon on Wed April 28th

Leave a message at 250-325-9010 for more information Brenda Joy, CD, BSc, DDS, MSc(Perio), MSc(HQ), FRCD(C)

Brenda served in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for thirty plus years working as a General

Dentist and Periodontist as well as in policy development and senior management. She was also honoured to be the CAF National Practice Leader in Periodontics and was Associate Professor in the Faculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, teaching both dentists and dental hygienists. Brenda moved to Gabriola from Ottawa in 2018 lured by the ocean and the strong sense of island community. Brenda is now volunteering as a Community Dentist at Vancouver Island University in the Dental Hygiene Diploma program. She is a current member of the British Columbia Dental Association, the Ontario Dental Association, the American Academy of Periodontology, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. Her interests include teaching, patient safety in healthcare, and helping clients achieve happy, healthy smiles!

Deanna Mackay, MSc, BDSc(DH), Dip DH

Deanna is a professor and Chair of the Dental Hygiene Diploma program at Vancouver Island

University in Nanaimo. Her professional service began as a student representative with the

Manitoba Dental Hygienists Association (MDHA). Throughout the years she has served in many positions within the MDHA, including President. Deanna has served as a Board Director on the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association and represented Canada on the House of Delegates of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists. Currently, Deanna serves as a member of the Oral Cancer Working Group for the Network for Canadian Oral Health Research. Deanna's areaof interest includes lifelong learning, oral cancer, and promoting the profession of dental hygiene.

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