Universal Access to Care for Children



WHEREAS prevention is the foundation of all public health activities and is the cornerstone of a sustainable health care system


WHEREAS almost all oral diseases are preventable and because oral health is strongly linked to overall health and well-being


WHEREAS each year significant number of hours are lost from school, work and normal activities due to preventable oral diseases


WHEREAS childhood tooth decay is the most common reason for day surgery among young children, which are almost entirely avoidable if appropriate access to dental care is available.


WHEREAS between 2010 and 2012, Ontario has spent an average of $1408 per child and a total of more than $13 million for dental treatments delivered in hospitals.


WHEREAS current government funded programs provide dental coverage merely on a financial basis leaving behind significant number of children and youth without any access to appropriate dental care.


Therefore, OAPHD believes that oral health would be better positioned as a health issue, not a ‘benefit’. Strong health promotion and direct preventive service delivery will help to reduce eventual treatment costs for the medical system, publicly-funded dental programs, families and tax payers.




  • OOHA Symposium 2018 Material

    Follow this link to the view material from the Ontario Oral Health Alliance forum - The Gap in our Healthcare System – Access to Oral Healthcare Ontario Oral Health Alliance (OOHA) held at Queens Park in March 2018.

  • Check Out fluorideexposed.org

    Your source for high quality, detailed science on fluoride and fluoridation.

    We are a non-profit charitable project with a mission to make fields related to water, health, teeth, and chemistry more transparent and accessible.

  • TED Talk - What Causes Cavities

    When a team of archeologists recently came across some 15,000-year-old human remains, they made an interesting discovery: the teeth of those ancient humans were riddled with holes. So what causes cavities, and how can we avoid them? Mel Rosenberg takes us inside our teeth to find out. Follow this link to YouTube and learn more.

  • Government Funded Programs in Ontario

    This resource, from the Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry, provides a summary of government funded dental programs in Ontario including details of eligibility, coverage and other useful program related information.



  • Resources

    Did you know that more than 2.3 million Ontarians cannot afford to see a dental professional and that one third of workers in Ontario do not have medical or dental benefits? 

    Learn more about this and more from recent resources... 

  • Support Letter from University of Toronto

    Read the letter
     from the Dean of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry supporting community water fluoridation.