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The Oral Health Center is breaking down barriers with a smile in Paradise.

Owned and led by registered dental hygienist Katherine Peddle, they’re on a mission to transform oral health care.

“Our goal is to create a space where anyone, regardless of their abilities, feels welcome and can access the care they need,” said Peddle.

After working for 29 years at a traditional dental clinic, Peddle embarked on a unique path: mobile clinics.

Her fascination with mobile dental services was sparked during a conference in Ontario in 2012, where she stumbled upon a company showcasing mobile dental equipment.

“I was like, ‘oh, that’s neat,’” said Peddle.


Going mobile

Her curiosity led to the start of her mobile dental service, tailored to serve seniors –– a modest endeavour that soon gained momentum.

As word spread about the accessible and convenient care she offered, demand grew.

Peddle soon found herself on a mission to bring oral health care to those who needed it most.

“In my mobile clinics, I saw the transformational power of accessible oral health care,” said Peddle.

“It was heartening to see the impact we were making. But I also realized that we needed a place that could provide a broader range of services.”

That led her to envision a permanent hub, offering a wider range of treatments and services in an accessible environment, where she could provide comprehensive care while continuing her outreach efforts.


Katherine Peddle, a registered dental hygienist and owner of Oral Health Center in Paradise. Through offering mobile clinics for seniors in under deserved areas, she saw the need to create a hub for accessible oral healthcare. Contributed. - Contributed
Katherine Peddle, a registered dental hygienist and owner of Oral Health Center in Paradise. Through offering mobile clinics for seniors in under deserved areas, she saw the need to create a hub for accessible oral healthcare. Contributed. – Contributed

Creating a community hub

The modern facility is designed to be a one-stop destination for all oral health needs.

It’s equipped with state-of-the-art technology and staff are trained to serve patients of all abilities, able to handle anything from routine check-ups to specialized treatments.

It’s wheelchair-friendly and has two wheelchair lifts. There are also features like low-sensory environments for those with sensory sensitivities.

“We’ve taken every step to ensure that anyone who walks through our doors feels comfortable and gets the care they deserve,” said Peddle.

The clinic also features a reclinable knee-break chair, designed for the most comfort and mobility during treatments.

A long-time client, Jeannie Harding, says that for someone with arthritis, this chair makes going to the dentist a lot easier.

“The chair moves me instead of me trying to move in and out of that chair, I find that comfortable,” said Harding.

Jeannie Harding, has been a client of Peddle’s for many years, she said “I love how they care and that the care they’re providing is geared and catered toward me and my needs.” — Contributed

Catering to client’s needs

Harding was one of the clients served by Peddle’s mobile clinic, and when Oral Health Clinic opened in May, Harding joined as a regular client.

“I love how they care, and that the care they’re providing is geared and catered toward me and my needs,” said Harding.

“And it’s not in my mouth. It’s in my transportation. It’s in my schedule.”

First-time visitor Sheri Power appreciated the environment.

“Katherine makes you feel comfortable,” said Power. “And she’s funny, and she’s light and very non-judgmental.”

It was the education component that Power found most helpful. She brought her daughter for a check-up, and Peddle pointed out her gums were swollen.

They had been at the dentist a few days ago, Power said, and it wasn’t mentioned.

“We left the Oral Health Center with a greater understanding of how bacteria work in the mouth,” said Power.

As a first time visitor, Sheri Power was impressed with the friendliness and knowledge passed down by those at the Oral Health Center. Due to their nature she plans to become a regular client alongside her daughter. — Contributed

Changing lives

Peddle explained to Power’s daughter the ins and outs of caring for her oral health.

“We were even given a much better explanation about flossing, something we never got before,” Power added.

“Katherine can break things down for kids to understand these things, my daughter was grateful.”

That’s been Peddle’s goal all along.

“Our journey has always been about breaking down barriers and creating a space where every individual feels valued and empowered to care for their oral health,” said Peddle

“It’s not just about smiles; it’s about changing lives.”

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