Health and Education
BC & Yukon Provincial Council
BC 2014.02 BRITISH COLUMBIA LOW-
WHEREAS, The citizens of British Columbia with low income have a disproportionately high level of dental concerns, and
WHEREAS, There are numerous health and social benefits from good oral health care, and
WHEREAS, Government dental funding for low income citizens exists, yet this funding does not sufficiently enable access therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the members of the BC & Yukon Council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada urge the BC Government to provide fully subsidized basic dental care for low income citizens.
BC 2014.02 Brief: British Columbia Low-
The Canadian Health Measures Survey, released by Health Canada, confirms that poverty is significantly associated with poor oral health, untreated disease, fewer visits to a dentist, as well as avoiding and refusing subsequent visits and care due to cost. (Quinonez) The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommends that infants and toddlers visit the dentist within their first year in order to identify and address early signs of tooth decay, promote oral hygiene and lifelong health. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)'s recent investigation of hospital day surgeries, for children age one to five, report that early childhood cavities are the major cause, costing $22 million per year in hospitalization costs alone. (CDA 2013) The groups within the minority without adequate care include: seniors, low-
Oral health is defined by the CDA as “a state of the oral (mouth) and related tissues and structures that contribute positively to physical, mental and social well-
The continued discrepancy between government dental fees for services and the private practice dentistry’s fee guide has caused considerable limitation of public dental benefits. With dentists unwilling to treat patients at the rates provided by publicly funded programs, these policies have limited impact on improving access to care. (CDA 2010). Since 2007 there have been calls to remove barriers to dental care, to expand prescription and dental insurance to low income children and parents, seniors and special needs persons, and to address the disparity between the BC Government Dental Fee Guide and the BC Dentists’ fees. (Wallace) CDA recommends developing paths of access for the minority who do not have care: partnerships between dental professionals, other health professionals, federal and provincial governments, provincial and municipal dental public health programs and non-
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Wallace, Bruce. “Access to dental Care for Low-
Invite a speaker from Public Health or a low-
Celebrate Dental Month in April.
Write letters to: Premier; Minister of Health; Minister of Family and Child Development; Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizen’s Services with copies to your local member of the legislature, urging the provincial government to provide fully subsidized basic dental care for low-
Educate members of the ongoing research regarding the need for good oral health.
Monitor the government’s response to the request contained in the resolution.