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Ontario’s Dentists Urge Provincial Government to Do More for Low-Income Kids


February 6, 2018
by Ontario Dental Association

Close to 300,000 children in need of dental care aren’t getting it.

The Ontario Dental Association (ODA) has launched an awareness campaign to help Ontarians understand the dangerous funding gap in public dental care.

Dentists across the province currently treat about 200,000 kids under the Healthy Smiles Ontario program but more needs to be done to ensure all 500,000 eligible children and youth get the care they need.

Dental pain is the second-most common reason kids miss school. Ontario’s dentists have been doing their part in helping kids from low-income families because no child should go to bed in pain.

Ontario’s dentists have a long history of providing care to vulnerable members of their communities and even created dental programs for people on social assistance. Ever since the province took over the administration of dental care for at-risk groups, funding for these programs hasn’t changed to keep up with demand.

For more than a decade, the ODA has asked the Ontario Government to find real, long-term solutions that ensure children from low-income families get quality dental care in their communities. Ontario’s kids have an urgent need – now’s the time for the province to step up and address its chronic underfunding of the Healthy Smiles Ontario program.

For more information, visit oda.ca/healthysmiles.


About the Ontario Dental Association
The ODA has been the voluntary professional association for dentists in Ontario since 1867. Today, we represent more than 9,000, or nine in 10, dentists across the province. The ODA is Ontario’s primary source of information on oral health and the dental profession. We advocate for accessible and sustainable optimal oral health for all Ontarians by working with health-care professionals, governments, the private sector and the public. For more information on this and other helpful dental care tips, visit www.youroralhealth.ca.


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2 Comments » for Ontario’s Dentists Urge Provincial Government to Do More for Low-Income Kids
  1. Don Allen says:

    I think the program is a great idea,in Windsor we used to have a volunteer program where we donated free dentistry.i realize now that the fees paid do not even cover part of our overhead and many dentists are refusing to treat these needy kids.my overhead is 900,000 per year about 450 per hour. There is no way I can even try to do a decent job with the fees we receive maybe we should get a tax break to work on these less fortunate children!

    • Rory says:

      Sorry to say it, but BS. If your overhead is $450/hr the only way to profit is through insurance fraud or cosmetic treatment OR you are making $3M a year so the ROI is just fine.
      There is no way a child’s check up (most of which you have auxiliary staff doing and you probably do 2/hr anyway) uses $450.

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