Letters to the Editor, Sept. 4, 2022

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CRITICAL ORAL HEALTH

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Dental caries (cavities) is the number one preventable oral disease in the world. Yet, even in a country as privileged as Canada, over 6.5 million Canadians face significant barriers to receiving proper oral health care. The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) was very pleased to see the government announcement to provide oral health care to Canadians who are not covered through current government-funded or employer-sponsored plans, including seniors, low-income Canadians, and children. While various delivery models are being explored, the current patchwork of provincial and federal systems have significant issues. Many programs are inadequate in the scope of coverage, limited in eligibility, and fail to recognize dental hygienists as eligible providers. That’s why it’s not enough to expand the status quo within existing provincial dental care programs. CDHA strongly supports the federal administration and delivery of the new program to ensure an equitable standard applies to all eligible people across the country. Prevention is key for this new federal program. Canada’s dental hygienists understand that oral health impacts overall health. As essential oral healthcare providers, dental hygienists work to prevent and treat oral conditions and diseases by providing individualized oral care. It is imperative that a new dental care program includes Canada’s skilled workforce of more than 30,000 dental hygienists. As the federal dental care plan sets to launch this year for children, CDHA welcomes a new program that provides person-centered and prevention-oriented care to improve Canadians’ oral and overall health and ease the burden on our health care system.

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Wendy Stewart, RDH

Canadian Dental Hygienists Association President

(It is critical that such a large taxpayer funded program helps those that are in need and doesn’t get bogged down in bureaucracy)

HENDERSON TO THE HALL

Well, here it is. Fifty years later and the game is still being talked about. I’m talking about the 72 Summit Series as called by Foster Hewitt. Paul Henderson scored the winning goal for Canada with a reported 16 million of our then 22 million citizens watching. All of Canada was celebrating! I am a diehard Habs fan and the last thing I want to do is pump the tires of the Leafs. But, for any player to score the winning goal in the last three games and still not be in the Hall Of Fame is sad. It made me be proud to be Canadian, as I’m sure it did many others. Some teammates said it was a war on ice and without Paul they might have lost. Henderson belongs in the Hockey Hall Of Fame.

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Paul Forgeron

St. Catharines

(That’s a pretty compelling argument) 

NOT SO BOLD MOVE

After hearing that Toronto Metropolitan University (Tormet U) has named its sports teams TMU BOLD, I was ecstatic with sheer joy! Not the TMU IMPUDENT, or VIVID, or COURAGEOUS, or DUMDUMS, but BOLD! Think of the excitement that will cause! It almost sets the skin-trembling, as does Tormet U each time I shout it! Those BOLD/VIVID/IMPUDENT athletes will bring down the fan stands every time they enter the playing field. Have the university authorities put The Three Stooges in charge?

Jim McDonald,

Dundas, Ont.

(They were trying to find the most inoffensive name, perhaps they succeeded no matter how ridiculous it is)

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