The Canadian government is poised to finalize a federal dental care program to subsidize dental care for residents who cannot afford it. As the Canadian legislature vets the proposed program, reformists hope that the program will also make provisions for preventive dental care. The age group is 12 and under as of now.
Preventive dental care helps maintain good oral hygiene rather than waiting for impending oral diseases to materialize. The habit protects oral and overall health. Researchers have linked poor oral hygiene to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, and adverse pregnancy outcomes, which impact public health.
If approved, the program will roll out by 2025. By incorporating preventive dental care, beneficiaries will have easy access to dental hygienists - the professionals who perform preventive dental hygiene services.