Some of the world’s leading policy experts gathered on Sept. 28, 2018, for a United Nations side meeting on oral health. The side meeting was conducted by the New York University College of Dentistry and its World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center, together with the NYU College of Global Public Health.

In the early 1970’s, the Ontario Ministry of Health began the Ontario Dental Health Indices Survey. This survey was conducted every two years on school children by public health personnel, and was intended to address program planning, research, program evaluation and funding distribution.

Citing a 51 per cent rise in serious tooth decay among kids over five years, city council voted 8-3 Monday to resume fluoridating the water supply. It reverses an 8-3 vote that went the other way in 2013, when council ordered a stop to fluoridation.

Canadians are among the healthiest people in the world. However, as this report shows, the benefits of good health are not equally enjoyed by all. Many of these inequalities are the result of social, political, and economic disadvantages, which affect our chances of achieving and maintaining good health.

Residents across the province now have access to expanded insured dental services following a new agreement between the College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CDSS) and the Ministry of Health. The new services include cleft lip and palate treatment services for infants, children and adolescents, expanded coverage for dental extractions for cancer patients, and specialized dental consultations for medical patients.

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