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CDHA Applauds Dental Hygienists Being Named in Proposed Dental Care Legislation

September 21, 2022

After months of hard work, meetings with parliamentarians and senior staff in Health and Finance, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA), representing the sixth-largest regulated health profession in Canada, was excited at yesterday’s announcement about the Government of Canada’s proposed new legislation (Bill C-31) to deliver targeted supports to Canadians as part of its affordability plan.

CDHA Response to Today’s PM Announcement on the Canada Dental Benefit

September 13, 2022

Wendy Stewart, CDHA’s President has issued the following statement in a response to today’s announcement by Prime Minister Trudeau, that the government is moving forward on dental care by providing direct, tax-free payments to qualifying families who earn $90,000 or less, to pay for dental visits for children under 12, starting December, for a 2-year period, retroactive to October 1, 2022.

CDHA Statement on the Federal Dental Program

August 25, 2022

CDHA Statement
It is not enough to expand the status quo in new federal dental program.

While various administration and delivery models are being explored, the current patchwork of provincial and federal systems have long had significant issues. Many programs are inadequate in the scope of preventive services covered, limited in eligibility, and fail to recognize dental hygienists as eligible providers, thus restricting accessibility to oral health care. That’s why it is not enough to expand the status quo within existing provincial dental care programs, which have left millions of Canadians with unmet needs.

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CDHA Partners' Circle

June 24, 2022

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) has always recognized the importance of dental industry partnerships and what they mean to the advancement of the dental hygiene profession and the promotion of oral health in communities across the nation.

CDHA Meets with Federal Health Minister

June 17, 2022

In a virtual roundtable with select professional association leaders convened by the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) underscored the importance of including preventive oral care services in the federal government’s new dental care program.

CDHA Releases Policy Paper on A National Oral Health Care Plan For Seniors

June 14, 2022

In a policy paper released today, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is calling on the Government of Canada to commit $2 billion over five years to provincial and territorial governments to deliver a pan-Canadian oral health program that would give Canadian seniors, wherever they may live, access to preventive oral care services to help them maintain good oral health and, consequently, better overall health.

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CDHA Applauds Government’s Support of Increased Access to Oral Health Care

April 8, 2022

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA), representing more than 20,000 dental hygienists working across the country, welcomes the federal budget tabled by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland in the House of Commons on April 7.

Young or Old—Oral Health for Total Health Is Essential

April 1, 2022

April is oral health month in Canada and, while we all continue to focus on overcoming COVID-19 and keeping our communities healthy, we cannot forget that maintaining good health includes protecting our oral health.

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CDHA applauds LPC and NDP for prioritizing oral health care in agreement

March 22, 2022

The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) applauds today’s announcement by the Prime Minister of an agreement reached between the Liberal Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party that prioritizes a new oral health care program for low-income Canadians, including seniors.

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Searching for Dental Hygiene Superheroes

February 7, 2022

Join forces with the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) as we mark our fifth year recognizing dental hygiene health care superheroes in communities across Canada. Championed by CDHA and sponsored by SENSODYNE, the Dental Hygiene Superhero competition runs from February 1 to May 17 and celebrates dental hygienists who educate and empower their clients to embrace the “oral health for total health” motto.

Oral Health in Long-Term Care

February 2, 2022

According to a national poll conducted by Abacus Data for the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA), nearly all Canadians believe that oral health care should be included in the new national standards for long-term care. Most Canadians also give the current state of oral care for older adults and seniors a poor rating.

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