The new Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) is an amazing initiative that will transform the oral health and well-being of Canadians who do not have dental insurance. The CDCP will cover some of the cost of various oral health care services for eligible Canadian residents who have an annual adjusted family net income of less than $90,000¹²³.
This means that more Canadians will be able to afford and access dental care, which can have wonderful impacts on their overall health, quality of life, and self-esteem. The Canadian Dental Association states that oral health is an integral part of general health and well-being, and poor oral health can affect one's ability to eat, speak, socialize, and work. Moreover, oral health problems can also increase the risk of other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory infections.
For dental professionals, the CDCP is a fantastic opportunity to expand their practice and reach more patients who need their services. The CDCP will also encourage dental professionals to participate in the program by providing them with a fee schedule and a reimbursement process that is simple and transparent¹⁴. Dental professionals who join the CDCP will be able to contribute to the public health goals of the program and help reduce oral health disparities among Canadians.
In conclusion, the CDCP is a beneficial program for both Canadians and dental professionals, as it will increase the accessibility and affordability of dental care, improve the oral health and well-being of Canadians, and create more opportunities for dental professionals to serve their communities. 🦷
According to current data for the period of 2022-2031, employment growth for dentists is above the average for all occupations⁸. There are expected to be about 13,500 new opportunities for dentists in Canada. This is due to industry expansion as well as many existing dentists retiring in the coming years⁹. The job prospects for dental technicians are also moderate to good across most provinces and territories⁷. The demand for dental professionals is expected to remain high as the population ages and requires more oral health care services. This is a great time to be a dental professional in Canada! 😁
(1) Canada official CDCP release on Canada.ca
(2) Canadian Dental Association. http://cda-adc.ca/en/important_notices/index.asp.
(3) Ottawa Denture and Implant Denture Clinic. https://ottawadenture.ca/.
(4) College Square Dental. https://collegesquaredental.ca/.
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(6) Dentists - Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS) - Canada.ca. https://occupations.esdc.gc.ca/sppc-cops/occupationsummarydetail.jsp?tid=106&.
(7) Dental Technician in Canada | Job prospects - Job Bank. https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/marketreport/outlook-occupation/22818/ca.
(8) Centrepointe Dental. https://centrepointedental.ca/.
(9) Job outlooks for Dentists - Job Bank. https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/outlookreport/occupation/4092.