Tooth decay is the most common, but preventable, childhood chronic disease both in Canada and around the world. Since oral disease most frequently begins in the preschool years, it is important to establish good oral hygiene behaviours early on. In Canada, one-third of people do not have dental insurance, and as a result, many go without necessary dental care because it costs too much.
The Government of Canada has implemented the interim Canada Dental Benefit, which is designed to provide some financial support to Canadian families requiring dental care. With this benefit, which will run until 2024, families may begin addressing some of the basic dental care their young children need, while the Government continues its plans to develop a long-term Canadian dental care program.
- For Kids Under 12 Years Old
- For families with an adjusted net income under $90,000 per year
- For those who don’t have access to private dental care insurance