Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

February 27, 2008 10:56 ET

Access to Oral Health Care Missing from the Federal Budget

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 27, 2008) - The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) finds the federal budget lacks leadership on oral health issues. A considerable portion of the Canadian population has poor oral health and report that they are unable to access oral health services due to the cost. The CDHA calls on the federal government to provide oral health promotion and disease prevention for specific groups of citizens including, children, seniors, persons with disabilities and low-income individuals. A widening income gap in Canada, an increasing rate of early childhood caries, and a reduction in retiree's dental benefits are some of the factors supporting the need for the government to take leadership on oral health care.

Several provincial governments, including Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Ontario, have shown leadership on this issue with legislation that enables dental hygienists to establish dental hygiene practices, separate from dental practices. This improves access to oral health care, since dental hygienists can now provide services in long-term care facilities, community health centres and mobile services in rural and remote areas. CDHA commends the federal government on the new tax-free savings accounts, which will help dental hygienists to save for the start up costs associated with a small business. CDHA also commends the federal government on their announcement regarding the new consolidated Canada Student Grant Program, which will help dental hygienists from low and middle income families to better access post-secondary education.

To read CDHA's brief which was submitted to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance visit

Contact Information

  • Canadian Dental Hygienists Association
    Judy Lux
    Health Policy Communications Specialist
    613-224-5515 ext. 123