Nova Scotians on income assistance only receive dental care in the case of an emergency.
“What the dental policy covers for people on income assistance is treatment for relief of pain, control of prolonged bleeding, and swollen tissues,” says Brandon Doucet, a recent graduate of the Dalhousie School of Dentistry.
But Doucet says there isn’t any preventative care to stop these painful problems from happening in the first place.
“Their goal is to deal with dental problems that would get in the way of somebody trying to find a job,” he tells NEWS 95.7’s The Todd Veinotte Show.
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