Canada has a new Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) that helps Canadians that have low income access dental cleanings and other dental care. Service Canada will determine the eligibility for each individual and children under the age of 18 will be determined by the parents or guardians eligibility.
In addition, this act will help Canadians who have an adjusted family income less than $90,000 and do not have access to any dental insurance.
Applications starting December 2023 will be mailed out to eligible seniors aged 87 and up followed by aged 77 to 86 in January 2024. Seniors aged 72 to 76 in February and aged 70 to 71 in March of 2024. The letters that will be sent will come with a personalized code and instructions on how to apply.
This means by March 2024, any eligible senior aged 70+ years will have government funding for regular dental cleanings and other services.
*Please see Canada.ca for the application scheduled by age group*
Dental cleanings are important for individuals of all ages, including seniors. As people age, they may become more susceptible to certain oral health issues. Regular dental cleanings become crucial to maintaining good oral hygiene. Here are some key points to consider:
Seniors should typically visit their dentist for a professional dental cleaning every six months. However, the frequency may vary based on individual needs and the dental professionals recommendations.
Regular dental cleanings help remove plaque and tartar buildup, preventing issues such as cavities and gum disease. Seniors may be more prone to issues like dry mouth, which can contribute to tooth decay. Professional dental cleanings can help manage these issues.
Seniors are often at a higher risk of gum disease. Regular dental cleanings help prevent and manage gum disease, which if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss and other health issues.
In summary, frequent dental cleanings are crucial for maintaining good oral health in seniors. It’s essential for seniors to communicate with their dental professional about any specific concerns, medical conditions, or changes in their oral health. By staying proactive with dental care, seniors can contribute to overall well-being and enjoy better oral health outcomes.
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Happy Holidays from the Team at Pearl Boutique Dental Hygiene and Teeth Whitening.
Emma Johnson is the owner of Pearl Boutique, a clinic that specializes in teeth whitening. She is a registered dental hygienist and completed her diploma at Camosun College, which offers one of the best recognized dental hygiene programs in Canada. Emma also holds a health science degree in kinesiology from the University of the Fraser Valley.