Free dental care for those on low incomes
In the last week or so 850 low income people have had urgent dental work done for free. It's part of an initiative - Smile NZ - by the New Zealand Dental Association and Southern Cross Health Trust. Poor oral health can lead to gum disease and other more serious problems, including those of the heart. Deepa Hughes is Project Manager and Senior Oral Health Educator with the New Zealand Dental Association and David McKelvey is a Wellington dentist.