What’s free to give and can offer you a huge return on investment every time you give it? Kindness. When you open up your heart to someone with your words and actions, the feelings will not only be felt, chances are they will be returned in kind. Kindness is also usually the most appreciated when someone is new to an area and may not feel very comfortable in their new environment yet.
Dentists have the unique ability to connect with their patients, get to the root of their issues and help them smile better than they have in a while. One Ontario dentist in particular was able to help a Syrian refugee with a remarkable act of kindness. “When five-year-old Malak arrived in Canada in July, her teeth were so decayed, sharp jolts of pain kept her up at night. ‘She lived with pain for so long,’ her uncle Yaser Al Mtawa told The Huffington Post Canada. As newly arrived Syrian refugees in Kingston, Ont., her family didn’t qualify for coverage from the province’s Healthy Smiles program for kids’ emergency care. That is eligible only to families who have filed taxes. On the local level, grassroots efforts are helping the newcomers navigate a patchwork system of refugee care. In this particular case, it started with someone asking for help to fix a five-year-old girl’s teeth. And Dr. Chan didn’t start and stop with Malak. ‘He stepped forward to not only treat Malak’s teeth, but also to provide a dental care for two Syrian refugee families,’ Yaser said. After the surgery, he said Malak’s mother broke down in tears when she saw her daughter smile ‘finally free of pain.’”
Stories like these really show not only the power of kindness, but the great work being done by Ontario dentists. Make sure you contact your local Ottawa dental professional if you are in need of a check-up, cleaning or haven’t been to see a dentist in a while.