Around 550 Nunavut Children Waiting Up to a Year for Urgent Dental Care

Nunavut’s chief dental officer says there are still hundreds of children in the territory who need urgent dental care.

Around 550 Nunavut children are waiting for dental treatment requiring general anesthetic — meaning they need to be put to sleep while the dental work is done, said Ron Kelly. Approximately 230 to 240 of those children are in the Baffin region.

“It [the wait time] can be up to a year, which is too long,” Kelly said. “If a child requires services under general anesthetic in the hospital … they have some serious dental health problems.”

He estimated about 90 per cent of children and young adults in Nunavut communities are in need of some form of dental work.

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