OAPHD is an association of dental professionals whose prime interest is the oral health of the general public. Our members work in local public health departments and provide oral health information and services for the communities. Other members include university faculty and students who have an interest in public health dentistry. OAPHD promotes oral health and advocates for improved access to dental care for all Ontarians.
OAPHD - "Dedicated to health for all by assuring optimal oral health"
OAPHD is pleased to have been part of the debate on getting publicly funded dental programs in Ontario work for all Ontarians. The strength of this report is in the views of its contributors on what needs to be done; and all authors agree that the current model of funding of oral health care programs through various provincial ministries and local/regional governments in Ontario is no longer sustainable and needs to be delivered more efficiently. As an association that promotes equity in oral health, we are concerned that the current delivery models in the province leave many vulnerable population behind. We call on the government and all stakeholders to act immediately on the recommendations made in this report and replace the current patchwork with a unified oral health program for all Ontarians.
A Report by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health - April 2012
This report raises awareness of the importance of oral health and equitable access to oral care services. Many Ontarians are not aware of the link between oral health and overall health. In addition, many Ontarians do not have access to affordable dental care.