Dentists see more fractured teeth during pandemic

Dental offices are safe, says U of A periodontist who urges people not to put off appointments that would prevent problems

Dentists see more fractured teeth during pandemicDental issues such as broken and fractured teeth are on the rise as COVID-19 pandemic stress continues to affect our lives. Dentists at the University of Alberta’s School of Dentistry Oral Health Clinic are warning patients that postponing treatment will only escalate the problem. “It’s a very stressful time, and we are grinding and clenching our teeth…

How to remedy poor health outcomes created by poverty

Social assistance programs in Canada are falling behind. It's time we expanded basic coverage to include drug and dental care

How to remedy poor health outcomes created by povertyBy Arjumand Siddiqi and Odmaa Sod-Erdene University of Toronto Public health researchers have long known that poverty and poor health are linked, but new evidence suggests that social assistance – the government system designed to provide those in poverty with income support – is not succeeding at protecting health.  Using data from national government surveys, we…

For the sake of our kids, Calgary must end the anti-fluoride folly

Poor dental health in childhood becomes a lifelong burden, with consequences for those who can least afford dental care

For the sake of our kids, Calgary must end the anti-fluoride follyIf I could convince Calgarians to vote on one issue in the upcoming municipal elections, it wouldn’t be the one that’s in the headlines – whether to subsidize the Flames’ billionaire owners in their quest for a new arena. Instead, it would be to punish those idiotic councillors who voted in 2011 to remove fluoride…

High dental fees, lack of access create a health crisis

Lack of dental care affects more than oral health – it has been linked to cardiovascular and respiratory problems and diabetes

High dental fees, lack of access create a health crisisLast year, a provincial government report found that dental procedures cost up to 44 per cent more in Alberta than in neighbouring provinces. Does this inflated cost have an impact on dental health? You bet. A staggering 62 per cent of Albertans reported limiting dental visits due to cost concerns. A majority of Albertans skipping…

Health system’s tragic neglect of seniors’ oral health

The tragic consequences will continue until health ministries' introduce meaningful policy to eliminate gaps in this essential element of personal care

Health system’s tragic neglect of seniors’ oral healthSome years ago, a retired university professor visited my dentistry practice. He was fit and had a pleasant smile. He hadn’t seen a dentist in more than five years, partly because he had lost his private health benefits when he retired, so it wasn’t surprising that he needed dental care. He had most of his…

Private dental care fails millions in Ontario

Every three minutes someone visits an Ontario doctor for oral health issues. But physicians aren’t trained or equipped to provide appropriate treatment

Private dental care fails millions in OntarioBy Jacquie Maund Alliance for Healthier Communities and Hazel Stewart Toronto Public Health April is oral health month in Canada. Ads remind us to book an appointment with our dentist for a regular dental exam and to get our teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist. But in Canada’s private dental-care system, you have to pay for…

Health reform in Ontario must include oral health

Government urged to require its 14 Local Health Integration Networks be responsible for oral health services for vulnerable populations

Health reform in Ontario must include oral healthBy Jacquie Maund and Hazel Stewart Troy Media contributors The Ontario government’s proposed reform of the provincial health care system is going forward with a glaring omission: primary oral health. To make this reform truly "Patients First," Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long Term Care, must include primary care for the mouth. Dentists…