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Canadian Seniors Can’t Afford Basic Dental Care

May 14, 2018
by Lauren Pelley, CBC News


Leslie Arlene Henderson has lost multiple teeth. She can’t remember the last time she had major dental work. And for the last year, she’s been in dire need of a root canal.

But with only $1,000 in monthly income, the 62-year-old Parkdale resident is too strapped for cash to pay for anything beyond a basic dental check-up.

“I had to have some dental work done, but I can’t get it done because it’s too expensive,” she said.

Henderson is one of many low-income seniors across Toronto who are struggling to get dental services, and according to the city’s latest seniors strategy report, the current wait for services provided by Toronto Public Health (TPH) clinics is up to two years.

Expanding access to free dental health services through TPH is one of 27 recommendations in the new report heading to the city’s executive committee on Monday.

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