Ontario dental hygienists support Liberal low-income dental care



    BURLINGTON, ON, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - The Ontario Dental Hygienists'
Association (ODHA) applauds the McGuinty government for its election campaign
pledge to inject $45 million a year into a dental care program aimed at the
province's working poor.
    According to the Liberal Party election platform announced earlier today,
the dental plan will cover preventive care, such as cleanings and fluoride
treatments by dental hygienists, as well as fillings and extractions by
dentists.
    "The Liberal plan is yet another step forward in making oral care
services more affordable and accessible for the public of Ontario," said ODHA
President Melanie Doyle.
    Just last week (Sept. 1), the government put into force amendments to the
Dental Hygiene Act that have the potential to transform the way preventive
care is offered in Ontario.
    The legislative amendments improve public access to oral care services by
allowing dental hygienists to provide their services outside the conventional
dental office, subject to college regulations. This means under-serviced
groups such as the working poor, the sick and the elderly can benefit from
accessible and affordable preventive oral care.
    Ms. Doyle said that ODHA supports any measure or reform that will help
those who can't afford to take care of their teeth and gums or have difficulty
obtaining preventive oral care services.
    "As healthcare professionals, our primary concern is to prevent gum
disease and tooth decay. Poor oral health can affect an individual's quality
of life and overall health," she said. "It follows that dental hygiene
services are an important part of the Liberal government's commitment to
improving healthcare for the citizens of Ontario."

    In Ontario, the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario regulates the
profession, which includes more than 8,500 practising dental hygienists.




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For further information: The Ontario Dental Hygienists' Association,
Weekdays: 1-800-315-6342 or e-mail: info@odha.on.ca, Weekends and after
business hours: (905) 466-2746

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