Dental decay is the most common non-communicable disease globally, but treating it is not part of our public health-care system.
Canada’s largely private dental care system exacerbates inequalities and is a barrier to integrating oral health with general health.
A woman walks past a photograph of a smiling woman outside a dental office, in Vancouver, B.C., Aug. 3, 2020.
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Oral health is a key part of overall health, but many Canadians skip dental care due to the cost, resulting in emergency room visits and health issues. It’s time for a dental care plan for all Canadians.
Your dentist should wear appropriate personal protective equipment.
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Even during COVID-19, there are ways to keep your teeth healthy.
Carbonation and flavors are all that go into most seltzers.
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Bubbly waters are becoming increasingly popular. While these carbonated, sometimes flavored beverages might cause slight harm to teeth, they are far better than soda. They might even be good for you.
No-one wants to spoil their holiday with a trip to the dentist.
Here's how to avoid a trip to the emergency dentist this holiday.
It’s not all about the cost of treatment – and this is something the next government will need to address.
Teeth cleaning at the dentist can remove plaque that regular brushing and flossing can’t.
Do you really need a dental clean every six months? Most healthy people will probably be OK if they go anually. But some people are at higher risk of cavities or gum disease, and should go more often.
Only three per cent of HIV organizations in British Columbia offer basic dental care to those who need it.
Research shows that many people living with HIV struggle with tooth decay, bleeding gums and tooth sensitivity – due to the costs of dental care and discrimination by dental professionals.
People worked for healthy teeth long before nylon brushes hit the market.
People have probably always wanted clean and healthy teeth. What they historically used to achieve dental hygiene might surprise you.
Forgoing dental care causes more pain and costly treatments down the longer term.
All Australians should have access to subsidised dental care, not just pensioners and children.
When did you last visit the dentist?
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Unlike health care for the rest of our body, dental care mostly comes out of our own pocket – and it’s not cheap. Many Australians go without and their health suffers.
Health is the largest single component of state government expenditure.
Australians are waiting too long for elective surgery, dental care and treatment for mental health. It’s no wonder health is a vote-changer.
Many Australians travel overseas for dental surgery.
With the often prohibitive costs of dental treatment in Australia, travelling overseas to have dental work done is increasingly common. But it’s important to exercise caution.
Up to 14% of toddlers have “hypomineralised second primary molars” (HSPM), where the enamel (outer layer) of the second baby molars doesn’t develop properly.
Despite good oral hygiene, some children have weak teeth that are more prone to decay.
Early dental visits are essential to help parents keep their children’s teeth and gums healthy.
The latest poll on children’s oral health shows many parents have misconceptions about how to prevent tooth decay in their children and don’t know of the free dental services available.
For many parents, it’s the haul of gummy worms, licorice, chocolate bars and other high-sugar candies that their kids bring home – not the ghouls and zombies – that is terrifying about Halloween.
Halloween is upon us, and the sugar is horrible for your kids’ teeth and health. But fear not – there are things parents can do to lessen the impact of the candy binge.
Many women are released from prison with untreated mental and physical health problems, and no access to a doctor. In pain, they seek solace in illicit drugs. Pictured here, women mourn those who have died of drug overdose in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C.
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A staggering 70 per cent of female inmates are back in prison within two years of their release. Basic health and dental care could help change this, according to new research.
Research calls for global regulation of dental tourism - to prevent poor working conditions for local populations serving a wealth North American elite.
Thousands of North Americans travel to Mexico to eat, drink, shop and get cheap and fast dental care. Meanwhile, local populations suffer racism, poor working conditions and inadequate health care.
Nearly one in 100 children are in care.
Landmark dental findings are likely to be the tip of an iceberg.
Adding fluoride to tap water to prevent tooth decay is one of our greatest public health achievements. Yet, myths persist about whether it’s safe and works.
Myths that fluoridated water isn’t natural, safe, doesn’t work and shouldn’t be used to make up infant formula persist. Here’s what the evidence says.