How oral health is linked to your overall health

by | Mar 12, 2024 | Health and Wellness

According to Statistics Canada, one in four Canadians avoid visiting an oral health professional because of the cost.

Beyond cavities and other issues with your teeth and gums, ignoring your oral health can lead to many more serious health problems, including lung disease, complications with diabetes, cancer and increased risk of heart problems and strokes.

“Dental care is an essential part of overall health,” says Marika Nadeau, director general with Health Canada’s Oral Health Branch. To help ensure Canadians get the oral health care they need, the federal government has launched the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP). Nadeau explains, “The CDCP will help cover the cost of essential dental services, including regular exams, cleaning and X-rays.”

The CDCP is for Canadian residents with an annual family income under $90,000 and who do not have access to dental insurance.

As of December 2023, the plan is accepting applications from seniors by age group. You’ll get a letter inviting you to apply via the telephone if you might be eligible.

Other groups, including children under the age of 18 and adults with a valid Disability Tax Credit Certificate, can start applying via an online portal as of June 2024. All other eligible residents will be able to apply in 2025.

Find more information at canada.ca/dental

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