Letters to the Editor, September 4, 2022


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CRITICAL ORAL HEALTH

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Tooth decay (caries) is the number one preventable oral disease in the world. Yet even in a country as privileged as Canada, more than 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’s announcement to provide oral health care to Canadians who are not covered by current government-funded or government-sponsored plans. employer, including seniors, low-income Canadians and children. While various delivery models are being explored, the current patchwork of provincial and federal systems poses significant challenges. Many programs are inadequate in scope of coverage, limited in eligibility, and do not recognize dental hygienists as eligible providers. Therefore, it is not enough to extend the status quo within existing provincial dental programs. CDHA strongly supports the federal administration and the delivery of the new program to ensure that an equitable standard applies to all eligible persons across the country. Prevention is the key to this new federal program. Canada’s dental hygienists understand that oral health has an impact on overall health. As essential providers of oral care, dental hygienists strive to prevent and treat oral conditions and diseases by providing individualized oral care. It is imperative that a new dental program include Canada’s skilled workforce of over 30,000 dental hygienists. As the federal dental plan is set to launch this year for children, CDHA welcomes a new program that provides person-centered, preventative care to improve oral health and of Canadians and lessen the burden on our health care system.

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Wendy Stewart, HDR

President of the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association

(It’s essential that such an important taxpayer-funded program helps those in need and not get bogged down in bureaucracy)

HENDERSON AT THE ROOM

Well, here it is. Fifty years later, the game is still talked about. I’m talking about the 72 Summit Series called by Foster Hewitt. Paul Henderson scored the winning goal for Canada with 16 million of our 22 million citizens watching. All of Canada was celebrating! I’m a die-hard Canadiens fan and the last thing I want to do is inflate Leafs tires. 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 proud to be Canadian, like many others I’m sure. Some teammates said it was a war on ice and without Paul they might have lost. Henderson is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Paul Smith

St. Catharines

(That’s a pretty compelling argument)

NOT SO BOLD MOVEMENT

After hearing that Toronto Metropolitan University (Tormet U) named their sports teams TMU BOLD, I was ecstatic with joy! Not the BOLD TMU, or VIVID, or COURAGEOUS, or DUMDUMS, but BOLD! Think of the excitement this will cause! It almost makes my skin tremble, like Tormet U does every time I shout it! These BOLD/VIVID/BOLDNESS athletes will knock down the stands of fans every time they step onto the playing field. Have the university authorities put the Three Stooges in charge?

Jim McDonald,

Dundas, Ont.

(They were trying to come up with the most innocuous name, maybe they succeeded as ridiculous as it was)

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