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A national dental care program for low-income Canadians plans to launch coverage for children under age 12 in 2022. (Shutterstock)

7 principles to guide a national dental care program in Canada

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.
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Do I need to floss my teeth?

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.
Teeth cleaning at the dentist can remove plaque that regular brushing and flossing can’t. From shutterstock.com

How often should I get my teeth cleaned?

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.

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