February 1, 2022
by The Globe and Mail
Seniors in Canada, who now comprise approximately 18.5 per cent of the population, are living longer and enjoying active lives thanks to enhanced health and wellness. However, according to a survey commissioned by the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA), 56 per cent of Canadians over age 60 have no dental insurance. That is putting vulnerable seniors at risk, says Sylvie Martel, director of dental hygiene practice at CDHA.
Oral health professionals and researchers have established the link between a healthy mouth and a healthy body, notes Martel. “Oral health is critical to overall well-being.