Dentists heading to Queen’s Park

Dozens of dentists will be lobbying cabinet ministers and MPP’s about a funding solution for publicly-funded dental-care programs.

Wednesday’s delegation will include representatives from Hamilton, Burlington and Niagara.

The Ontario Dental Association says only 260,000 of 540,000 eligible children and youth are receiving treatment under the Health Smiles Ontario program.

The ODA says tooth decay is the second most common reason why kids miss school, yet it’s avoidable with good dental-care routines and regular checkups.

President David Stevenson (pictured) says he’ll ask Health and Long-Term Care Minister Christine Elliott to invest in Healthy Smiles to prevent needless pain and negative impact on kids’ health and social lives as they grow up.

The dental association says $38 million is wasted annually as Ontarians “resort to preventable emergency room visits for dental issues that usually result in patients getting painkillers and antibiotics, but no long-term solution to their problem. ”  (

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