How Your Local Kanata Dental Centre is Helping to Provide You with More Dental Coverage
Canada is known for its excellent universal health care system but when it comes to taking care of Canadians’ teeth, that’s a completely different story. Dental coverage in Canada is private, so people must pay for dental insurance if they want to visit the dentist regularly without paying full price for treatments.
Some Canadians cannot afford insurance, let alone dental visits for regular checkups, preventative treatments, or treatments for serious dental problems. This lack of affordable dental coverage leaves many Canadians stuck suffering from painful dental problems.
Ultimately, many people will visit emergency rooms at hospitals as a last resort, however, there is little that doctors can do to treat dental problems.
Making a Positive Change for Canadians
Thankfully, the debate on universal dental care in Canada is in motion, and dental clinics are now starting to offer free dental care to those in need. While some argue that Canada cannot afford to cover universal dental care, others point out that the dental health should be covered under our health care system.
For example, if someone has an injury on their foot that has led to an infection and severe pain, they can have their foot treated at a hospital free of charge. But if there’s severe pain and an infection in a patient’s mouth and teeth, they cannot seek free care at a hospital. Instead, they must pay for dental treatment or continue to suffer.
Taking a Proactive Stance on Dental Healthcare
Regular checkups and dental treatments can prevent small issues from turning into severe painful problems. But for those who cannot afford to visit the dentist, they don’t have many options. Luckily, to help those who cannot afford to visit the dentist, dental clinics are offering free dental care.
The various programs dentists are taking part in include:
- Mobile dentists—offering basic dental care such as X-rays and fillings out of a bus or van;
- Government funded dental programs—covers dental treatments for kids and youth; and,
- Free days of dentistry at dental clinics—to help adults who cannot afford dental care.
These dentists who offer free services understand the importance of regular dental care and treating problems before they get worse. Basic dental services should be included in Canada’s universal health care coverage, and thankfully, positive action is being taken for Canadians to try and achieve this. Whether patients need fillings, dental crowns, root canals, or extractions, they shouldn’t be prevented from receiving this necessary care simply because they can’t afford it.