Ontario is expanding access to Ontario Seniors Dental ProgramPublished on September 01, 2020
Each year in Ontario, preventable dental issues like gum disease, infections and chronic pain lead to more emergency department visits by patients, with seniors representing 30 per cent of those receiving dental services in hospital. Many low-income seniors face challenges accessing regular dental care because they cannot afford it, impacting their overall well-being.
That’s why Ontario is expanding access to the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program by investing $25 million in funding for 78 critical dental infrastructure projects across the province. Providing free routine dental care to eligible low-income seniors will help reduce unnecessary trips to the hospital, prevent chronic disease and increase the quality of life and overall well-being.
This investment will build new dental clinics, while also supporting upgrades and expansions to existing clinics at public health units, participating community health centres and Aboriginal Health Access Centres.
As part of this funding, 50 projects will receive $11.61 million to support existing clinics with upgrades and expansion, and 28 projects will receive $13.34 million to build new clinics that will help provide dental services in underserviced areas. This includes adding eight new mobile dental clinics that will be able to bring services directly to clients, making it easier for vulnerable seniors to access the dental care they need. The Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program provides free routine dental care for eligible low-income seniors across the province.
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