In response to the poor dental health conditions experienced by our clients, Bridges Community Health Centre developed and administered a dental health survey in order to paint a fuller picture of the dental health inequities that result from a market-based approach. This information will leverage their advocacy work with local politicians and decision makers in support of the expansion of publicly-funded dental health programs for low-income adults and seniors.
In order to set the stage for our findings and recommendations, the report opens with a synopsis of the physical, psycho-social and economic consequences associated with poor dental health followed by a brief overview of dental health policy. It concludes with a set of recommendations for action at the municipal, regional and provincial level aimed at increasing awareness and building capacity for upstream public health policies that extend dental health coverage for low income adults and seniors.
Prepared By: Rhonda Barron and Lori Kleinsmith
Publication Date: July, 2014