Preventive Oral Care
Oral health is crucial to overall health, but more and more Canadians find themselves without access to
dental professionals. Most people don’t fully recognize the toll that failing to prevent oral diseases
and other conditions takes, not
only on individual health and well-being, but also on the country as a whole.
Inequitable access to dental professionals is compromising the oral health of Canadians and putting a
strain on Canada’s health care system, likely adding to wait times. All Canadians bear this burden as a
result. Many of the diseases and
conditions that are presented at doctors’ offices and emergency rooms are preventable and would be best
addressed with routine oral assessments and regular plaque and tartar removal by registered dental
hygienists. If provincial/territorial
and federal governments reallocated public funds to invest in more accessible preventive oral health
care, they could support better health outcomes for all Canadians.
Use the attached resources to help ensure that all of your local candidates are informed of the
importance of access to preventive oral care for all Canadians.
Let’s put an end to the burden of oral disease in Canada!
Do you know of the available programs in your area to assist with improving access to oral health care?
link provides information about publicly funded oral health programs, categorized by area.