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New Experts in the Field by Alyssa Hayes, Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry (CAPHD) Past-President

Oral health and health care occupy an unfortunately unique place in Canada’s health care landscape. Research has shown that there are associations between gum disease and conditions such as diabetes, aspiration pneumonia and cardiovascular disease. Yet, the mouth does not get the attention it deserves in terms of both educating health care providers and by not being included in Canada’s national health insurance program. 

Of the limited investments made by governments in oral health care, most are targeted towards low-income children and those on social assistance. Accessing oral health care can therefore be difficult, as it often depends on whether an individual has employment-based insurance or can afford to pay out-of-pocket. Read More