A national dental care program for low-income Canadians plans to launch coverage for children under age 12 in 2022.
A national dental care program is welcome news, but raises several ‘billion-dollar’ questions about how the program will work and what will be covered. Here are seven principles to guide decisions.
A public dental care plan would give many Canadians reason to smile.
Canada’s health system does not include dental coverage, leaving a large gap in care that’s existed since its beginning. It’s time to ensure access to oral care.
Such an expansive scheme is very expensive. It has been costed at A$77.6 billion over the next decade, funded with new taxes on big corporations and billionaires.
Badly controlled bacteria in the mouth pose multiple risks.
The two minute rule has been recommended since the 70s.
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Three to four minutes may actually be ideal for plaque removal.
Oral healthcare workers are exposed to disease-causing organisms during dental procedures.
Pre-COVID-19 dentists wore some sort of respiratory protection like examination masks, surgical masks or respirators. COVID-19 has elevated the number of personal protective equipment needed.
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.
The key is to avoid lip balms that contain certain additives which might worsen the problem. Instead, try balms that are bland and don’t contain flavours, fragrances and colours.
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.
Dental problems in children can affect their overall health and well-being. You can help establish good dental habits with your children from an early age.
Your dentist should wear appropriate personal protective equipment.
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Even during COVID-19, there are ways to keep your teeth healthy.
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Indigenous children have poor oral health compared to Australian kids overall. Our research shows involving local Aboriginal people in designing and providing services can make a difference.
If you still have most of your teeth and they’re tightly jammed together, flossing is important. But for some people, simply flossing might not be enough.
Your regular check-up will need to be postponed. But if you’re in acute pain, dentists may still be able to treat you. Here’s what’s allowed and what’s not.
Many genetic abnormalities involve the oral and dental region of the face.
Dentists need to have a sound understanding of genetics to treat and manage patients effectively.
Spit, drool, dribble, slaver, slobber or sputum – saliva has many different names. It also has many different jobs.
Children with autism have a great burden of dental caries.
Behaviours such as head banging, picking at the lips and chewing on harmful objects like stones make children with autism more likely to have dental health problems.
It’s not all about the cost of treatment – and this is something the next government will need to address.
The enamel on your teeth is what makes them sparkle. It also acts as a protective coating on the teeth.
A recent study was the first to establish a way to regrow tooth enamel. But what is tooth enamel and why is it so important?
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.