Why on earth Canada does not cover dental care?

By: Staff
Canadian healthcare system covers treatment of all parts of your body except for teeth. If you have abscess in your arm it will be covered but if you have abscess in mouth then you are on your own.
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Most of the dental care in Canada is private and covered through employment-based insurance, and almost 32%  is through out-of-pocket payments. 

 

Based on a recent Canadian Health Measures Survey, Canadians have a very good overall oral health. However, most of the oral diseases are concentrated among poor and disadvantaged groups, who need the most care, yet receive the least. Only 5% of oral care is covered through public funding.

 

Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) found that one of the main factors Canadians avoid a dentist visit is cost. As a result, the most vulnerable of the population has to live with dental pain and hygiene embarrassments like rotten teeth. 

 

One of the main reasons oral care was not included in public healthcare was the belief that maintaining oral health was an individual responsibility (Why was dental care excluded from Canadian Medicare?) and social responsibility was limited to treatment services like fluoridation.

 

However, views on the importance of oral care on overall health have changed and is not just limited to having clean white teeth.

 

According to numerous studies including the one done by National Institute of Dental Care and Craniofacilha Research, a physical oral examination of the mouth and face can reveal signs of disease, drug use, harmful habits, and general health status.

 

Canadian Dental Association says a good oral health contributes positively to overall physical, mental and social well-being.

 

Unaccessible dental care can result in other health related issues like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

 

So, maybe it is time to reconsider including oral care as part of services covered by public health insurances in Canada.

 

Also Read:

Finding Affordable/FREE Dental Care in Ontario

Finding Affordable/FREE Dental Care in Alberta

 

References:

Macroeconomic review of dentistry

 

This article, and the products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please see your health care provider before taking any supplements or starting a new program.


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