Ontario Oral Health Alliance (OOHA)
The Ontario Oral Health Alliance (OOHA) got started in January 2007 by a group of community dental coalitions who wanted to show policy makers that improving access to dental care was a goal shared by many people across Ontario. OOHA is made up of representatives from a number of organizations and members of the public from:
Bramalea, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Durham, Halton, the Counties of Leeds Grenville, Lanark, Hastings, Prince Edward, Peterborough, Northumberland, Lennox, Addington and Haliburton.
OOHA's vision is: a system that allows for equitable dental care for all Ontarians
NEW! FACT SHEET on Oral Health and Seniors
What is the Problem?
Medicare pays to treat infection in every other part of the body except for the mouth.
Many people experience barriers accessing primary oral health care, including cost, transportation, fear of seeing a dentist, and the belief that oral health is not that important.
Since it is not covered by Medicare and is very expensive.......
Oral Health Intervention Tool
Help local residents access publicly funded dental services and/or the most cost effective dental services in your community. Simply modify this template by inserting your own community dental health service information and distribute it to community partners and health care providers. You do not have to be part of a dental coalition to use this tool. It can be adapted for any community.
Send an E-Message to Ontario's Health Minister to Extend Public Dental Programs NOW!
More than 2.3 million people living in Ontario cannot afford to visit a dentist or dental hygienist. Most are low income adults and seniors.
The good news is that in 2014 the Ontario government promised to extend public dental programs to low income adults.... but not until 2025.
Imagine, 10 more years of suffering from dental pain and infection for people in our communities who cannot afford much needed dental treatment.
Ontario can do better. Please send a message to Ontario Health Minister Dr Eric Hoskins to let him know that we need government action now!