Landmark Dental Care Study In Indigenous Population Shows Failures In System

Dental health is linked to a person’s overall health status. Existing research tells us that poor dental health is associated with seemingly far-ranging negative health outcomes, like heart disease. In fact, dental care is much more important or consequential than we believed a generation, or even a decade, ago.

A new study, led by York University graduate student and President’s Ambassador Vrati Mehra, in collaboration with Faculty of Health Professor Hala Tamim and other researchers, looks at dental health practices in one of Canada’s most vulnerable populations: Ontario’s Indigenous people. The researchers examined the prevalence and factors associated with visiting the dentist only for emergency care among Indigenous people in this province.

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