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Province to Spend Almost $1 Million on Expanded Dental Coverage for Kids

January 17, 2019
by Taryn Grant, StarMetro Halifax

The government of Nova Scotia says it will now pay for more basic dental treatment for children without private insurance.

In a news release Wednesday morning, the province announced an expansion to the Children’s Oral Health Program, which covers children aged 14 and younger when private insurance is not available.

Under the expansion, children can now access molar sealants and annual fluoride treatment, with a second fluoride treatment available for children at high risk for cavities. Until now, only children with cavities were covered for fluoride, and only children with deep molar grooves qualified for sealants.

“Dental care is an important part of our overall health and should start at an early age,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey in the release.

“The expanded services are focused on preventive care, to get ahead of dental issues before they start,” he added.

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