Ultrasound holds promise of accurate, risk-free diagnosis of dental disease

Safe, portable imaging system one of five new health technologies funded by Alberta Innovates

Ultrasound holds promise of accurate, risk-free diagnosis of dental diseaseDentists may soon add portable ultrasound to the standard equipment in their offices, allowing them to accurately and affordably diagnose aspects of their patients’ periodontal disease without any risk of radiation. That’s the goal of a University of Alberta research team that will continue to develop and commercialize its patented dental ultrasound system thanks to…

A federal dental care program is nothing to smile about

A government-run monopoly could lead to the same problems we see elsewhere in our health care systems

A federal dental care program is nothing to smile aboutOne of the big-ticket items in the most recent federal budget was the new NDP-approved dental care program. Since oral health falls under provincial jurisdiction, the announcement raises several questions as to the application of this program across the country. Expanding access to dental care is a goal we can all get behind, especially when…

Five ways to keep your smile healthy

One per cent of annual emergency room visits are for dental emergencies

Five ways to keep your smile healthyHere’s something to smile about: Canadians’ oral health has improved significantly over the past 40 years, and we rank fifth in the world in terms of access to dental care, according to the Canadian Dental Association. Still, the same report estimates that more than four million adult working days are lost each year due to dental sick days…

Dentists see more fractured teeth during pandemic

Dental offices are safe, says U of A periodontist who urges people not to put off appointments that would prevent problems

Dentists see more fractured teeth during pandemicDental issues such as broken and fractured teeth are on the rise as COVID-19 pandemic stress continues to affect our lives. Dentists at the University of Alberta’s School of Dentistry Oral Health Clinic are warning patients that postponing treatment will only escalate the problem. “It’s a very stressful time, and we are grinding and clenching our teeth…

How to remedy poor health outcomes created by poverty

Social assistance programs in Canada are falling behind. It's time we expanded basic coverage to include drug and dental care

How to remedy poor health outcomes created by povertyBy Arjumand Siddiqi and Odmaa Sod-Erdene University of Toronto Public health researchers have long known that poverty and poor health are linked, but new evidence suggests that social assistance – the government system designed to provide those in poverty with income support – is not succeeding at protecting health.  Using data from national government surveys, we…

Health system’s tragic neglect of seniors’ oral health

The tragic consequences will continue until health ministries' introduce meaningful policy to eliminate gaps in this essential element of personal care

Health system’s tragic neglect of seniors’ oral healthSome years ago, a retired university professor visited my dentistry practice. He was fit and had a pleasant smile. He hadn’t seen a dentist in more than five years, partly because he had lost his private health benefits when he retired, so it wasn’t surprising that he needed dental care. He had most of his…

Private dental care fails millions in Ontario

Every three minutes someone visits an Ontario doctor for oral health issues. But physicians aren’t trained or equipped to provide appropriate treatment

Private dental care fails millions in OntarioBy Jacquie Maund Alliance for Healthier Communities and Hazel Stewart Toronto Public Health April is oral health month in Canada. Ads remind us to book an appointment with our dentist for a regular dental exam and to get our teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist. But in Canada’s private dental-care system, you have to pay for…