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Canada’s Homeless People Need Better Access To Dental Care

September 6, 2019
by Cynthia Griffith

As the connection between oral health and overall physical health becomes continually more evident, more doctors recognize the need for dental care and coverage. However, there is one part of the Canadian population that lacks access to basic dental hygiene.

That portion of the population is Canada’s homeless people.

The Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto studied 18 local shelters and observed that an astounding 97% of people residing in those shelters needed dental care. Forty percent required emergency oral treatment.

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