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Canadians With the Least Access To Dental Care Are in the Worst Pain

There are many reasons why some Canadians choose not to go to the dentist, but a new report released recently from the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) found that cost is a major factor — and that Canada’s most vulnerable populations have the highest rates of dental decay, pain and disease, but the worst access to this much-needed healthcare service.

At Surrey Place Dental in Surrey, BC we offer 0% interest financial dental plans and accept most dental plans. We are also known to give back to the city of Surrey. On March 20th, we had a Surrey Place Dental Charity Event! Almost $7000.00 of free treatment was performed on some awesome people from the Orchard, a site owned by the Union Gospel Mission.

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The price tag for hospital care and most physician services is covered through our publicly funded healthcare system, but dental care is largely paid for privately in Canada. The CAHS report reveals that a whopping 95% of dental care is paid out-of-pocket or through private dental insurance and is delivered in private dental offices. The remaining 5% is covered through a hodgepodge of public health programs offered federally and provincially, targeting the needs of specific populations, with many falling through the cracks.

So what happens when you don’t have dental insurance?

The report found that almost half of all Canadians without dental insurance — commonly, new Canadians, the elderly, people working in insecure jobs and for low wages, and their children – avoid visiting a dentist due to costs. In fact, those in the poorest income group were almost four times more likely to avoid the dentist due to costs than the richest group of Canadians.

Vulnerable Canadians with difficulty accessing dental care are also those with the most dental pain, the greatest difficulty eating a healthy diet and the ones with the highest levels of gum disease, which in turn can increase their risk for general health problems, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

In other words, those who need dental care the most are the least likely to be able to get it, and the ones who suffer the most because of it. It may also be costing all of us through increased visits to already crowded emergency rooms and physician offices, and valuable time lost from work, school and other activities.

There are other reasons that people skip seeing their dentist, such as lack of transportation, fear of dental treatment and the dental office, and misunderstandings between dental professionals and certain groups in the population. These complex issues have complex solutions.

But they cannot be addressed without first addressing equity in access to dental care. The CAHS report finds that inequalities in oral disease and access to dental care in Canada are greater than inequalities in general health problems and medical care.

What might surprise many is that Canada actually provides less publicly funded dental care than the United States — and internationally, Canada is among the lowest funders of dental healthcare programs.

Inequality in access to dental care is but one manifestation of the increasing inequalities in Canadian society and it needs to be addressed. With societal changes such as the increasing proportion of the population who are elderly and the decreasing proportion of the population with dental insurance, difficulty accessing dental care is only going to increase unless we start acting now.

All people living in Canada should have reasonable access to dental care. We need to bring dentistry into the general healthcare system by having some dental clinics in hospitals and community health centres. We need to explore the use of a variety of dental and other health professionals delivering care in a variety of settings. And we need to explore the financing of dental care for vulnerable groups — including anomalies in tax legislation that help those with dental insurance but not those without.

We need concerted professional, government and community action now to begin to address these issues so that many Canadians will get the dental health care they so desperately need.

Looking for a dental office you can call home? Try one of these dental centres in British Columbia.


Dentist in Kitsilano Vancouver BC

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Meet Dr. Alex Rosenczweig. We are both clinical instructors at UBC in the Faculty of Dentistry.  He’s not only a good dentist but also a good friend.

Dr. Alex operates a dental office in Vancouver, BC called Accord Dental, located in the Kitsilano area.  He took over Accord Dental in 2007 and has since made a reputable name for himself.  Although his dental office is fairly busy, he always welcomes new patients.

If you enjoy playing volleyball, swing by Kitsilano Beach and you just might see Dr. Alex there.  He’s always up for a game.

Dr. Alex is a resident of Kitsilano and is on call for dental emergencies. He is known to be a caring and understanding dentist who puts his patients first.

Website: www.accorddental.ca
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ddress: 2385 W. 4th Ave (Kitsilano) Vancouver BC, V6K 1P2


Dental Office in Surrey BC

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The first dental office located in Central City Shopping Mall is Surrey Place Dental.  They are a group of dedicated dentists working out of Central City Shopping Mall.  You can get to us using public transit via Surrey Central Skytrain Station.

The team of dentists works closely with their patients to help them achieve the smile they’ve always wanted.  Their veteran dentists include Dr. Bhasker Thakore, Dr. Greg Chang and Dr. Joy Maru.  They also have some up-and-coming dentists such as Dr. Colin Loewen and Dr. Sarah Garbelya.

Surrey Place Dental has a solid foundation of both staff and dentists.  Come on by and check them out!

Website: www.surreyplacedental.com
Address: 2446 Central City Surrey V3T 2W1 Canada


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The Dental Group at Central City just opened up another dental office about a year ago to make sure their patients can book dental appointments without having to wait long. For added convenience, their new dental clinic is located in the same building – Central City Shopping Mall – just upstairs from Surrey Place Dental.

The Dental Group at Central City is now entering its second year and has hired a few new dentists to handle the workload. Our newest additions include Dr. Steven Chang, Dr. Sarang Toosi , and Dr. Chris Shon.

Our new dental clinic is equipped with the latest in dental technology.  New X-ray machines, filtered water system, and much more.

Website: www.thedentalgroupatcentralcity.com/
Address: 112-1117 Central City Shopping Centre Surrey V3T 2W1


best surrey dentist

Dr. Sidhu leads the team here at My Dentist @ Boundary Park in Surrey, BC. He’s very passionate and looks after both young and old. His dental office is located on 120th Street in Surrey and has been known to giveaway monthly Ipads to their patients.

 

Website: www.mydentistsurrey.ca
Address:  121-6350 120th St Surrey, BC V3X 1Y7


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Let me introduce you to Dr. Joy Maru, a renown Dental Implant Specialist. He has placed over 1000’s of dental implants. Patients come from all over North America to get their dental implants done by Dr. Maru.

Website: www.surreydentalimplants.ca
Address: 2446 Central City Surrey V3T 2W1 Canada


Dentists in New Westminster BC

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Just across the bridge from Surrey is a dental clinic in New Westminster called Sapperton Dental.  Sapperton Dental is owned and operated by Dr. Sarika Sachdeva & her brother Dr. Sandeep Sachdeva.  Both are highly skilled dentists and are caring for their patients.

The team at Sapperton Dental in New Westminster performs an array of dental services.  They even offer emergency dental work.

For your convenience, their dental office is located near Sapperton Skytrain Station.  They are currently accepting new dental patients.

Website: www.sappertondental.com
Address: 301 E Columbia St‎ New Westminster, BC V3L 3W5, Canada


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Royal Square Dental has a team of super amazing dentists in New Westminster. Their support staff is second to none with almost a perfect 5-star rating on Google. If you want a dentist who truly understands what it means to be a great dentist, don’t look any further than Royal Square Dental.

Website: www.royalsquaredental.com
Address: 14-800 McBride Blvd New Westminster, BC V3L 2B8


Dentist in Delta BC

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Dr. Dhir and his wife Dr. Sethi are both dentists who recently opened this dental clinic. They have the state-of-the-art dental equipment and are serious about getting you a better smile. They believe that with the knowledge, the right dental equipment, and the passion, you can help anyone achieve that smile they have always wanted.

Newest Dental Clinic in Delta

Delta Dental has already become the talk of the town for the amazing way they treat their clients. Still a relatively new clinic on the scene in Delta, B.C., the clinic is making serious headway as one of the top dental providers in the area. With a dream team of dental professionals, a wide range of services (including emergency), and a great location, you cannot go wrong choosing Delta.

Website: https://deltadentalbc.com
Address: 110-8295 120th Street, Delta, BC V4C 6R1


Dentist in Burnaby BC

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This is another dental clinic Dr. Dhir and his wife Dr. Sethi both own and operate. This dental clinic is located in Burnaby, BC. They believe that convenience is key for their patients. Whichever side of the bridge you live on, they have a dental clinic to serve you. They rather commute across the bridge than make their patients. That’s how you know if your dentist actually cares.

Why Choose Bainbridge Dental?

Bainbridge Dental Clinic off Lougheed Hwy is unique and distinctive because we incorporate skill, experience and technology all in under one roof. The work of our highly-skilled dentists of varying disciplines of dentistry, coupled with the care and attention-to-detail ensures that each patient is treated like family. Our complete team of dental professional functions on the sole purpose of ensuring complete patient care and satisfaction and this passion is what sets us apart from other dental offices.

At Bainbridge Dental Office, our foundation lies in our ideology. We understand the complexities of dental problems and the absolute need to tackle them with utmost care, which is why our clinics consist of some of the most sought-after dentists in Burnaby, BC. We ensure that no stone is left unturned in providing our dental patients with the best healthcare possible.

Website: https://bainbridgedental.ca
Address: 2842 Bainbridge Ave (Off Lougheed Hwy), Burnaby, BC V5A 3W7


Dentist in Vancouver, BC

Star Dental on West Broadway

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Star Dental has been apart of the Vancouver community for decades and has continued to strive even with all the new dental clinics popping up in the area. That’s due to the amazing team they have at their Broadway St. location.

Star Dental: Our Mission

The name may have changed over the years, but Star Dental’s landmark Fairmont Medical Building location has remained as constant as our dedication to providing quality dental care.

For over 25 years, we have strived to build and maintain long-term relationships with families and make a difference in our community. Our office is located in the central Fairmont Medical Building at West Broadway and Willow, in Vancouver’s vibrant Fairview Slopes community. It is conveniently accessible by transit or car, located near the Canada Line train station and the B-Line route.

Website: www.stardentalwestbroadway.com
Address: 1215-750 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1J2, Canada


Sunrise Village Dental on East Hastings Street

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Absolutely the most caring, huggable, honest dentist you can find in Vancouver. Dr. Vinay Dhir has been known to bend over backward for his patients. If you need a dentist who will work around your busy schedule, Dr. Dhir is your dentist.

Why Choose Sunrise Village Dental

Here in Sunrise Village Dental, our commitment is to go above and beyond at all times for our patients. Our Dentists and dental professionals achieve this by creating the most relaxing, least painful experience you have ever had at a dental office.

This means that everything we do is focused on putting our patients first, and making sure our patients always receive the best dental care and our undivided attention.

Website: www.stardentalwestbroadway.com
Address: 2538 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC, Canada


EastVan Dental on Commercial Drive

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Right in the heart of the Italian Community lies EastVan Dental. It’s owned and operated by Dr. Alam who is a relatively new dentist, but nonetheless very competent dentist. He has an amazing support staff along with a one of the sweetest partner, Dr. Hunter. Together, you have nothing to worry about.

Why Choose EastVan Dental

East Van Dental Clinic in Vancouver is your go-to clinic for putting a smile on your face for everyone to see. We offer cosmetic and family dentistry, and place care and quality as most important for our patients. Combining the latest technology with experienced and caring dental professionals is a marriage made in heaven that will have you seeing fantastic results.

We are currently accepting new patients right now! Be sure to book an appointment for an Exam, where we will discuss your dental history, assess your cosmetic goals, and much more…

Website: www.eastvandental.com
Address: 2085 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4B1


Dentist in Fresno, CA

Milburn Dental Office

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Another team of husband and wife dentists. Just recently opened their doors and they’re averaging 50-80 new dental patients. They must be doing something right. If you live in Fresno, CA and are looking for a new dentist, you should hurry and become a patient at Milburn Dental before they close their doors for new patients.

Why Choose Milburn Dental

At Milburn Dental, nothing makes us happier than seeing you smile. Your smile is infectious; it puts one on everyone’s face, including ours. That is because of the pride we take in offering the best and most up-to-date dental techniques from the most knowledgeable and caring professionals in the field. Best of all, it all happens in an environment that will actually make you want to come back and visit the dentist again!

Our state-of-the-art office is fully equipped for family, cosmetic, and general dentistry. Working alongside our dentists will ensure you and your family a positive dental care experience. We take pride in providing all our patients with exceptional dental care in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere.

Website: www.milburndental.com
Address: 6721 N Milburn Ave Ste 101, Fresno CA 93722


Dentist Web Design & Marketing

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This team of talented and amazing designers, developers, and marketing geniuses have helped countless dental offices attain new patients. They work around the clock, making sure your website is plastered all over the internet. Don’t miss out on another patient again, hire the Dentist Web Design Company.

Website: www.dentistwebdesign.ca
Address: Vancouver, BC