Broken teeth and infected gums: 46K claims filed so far with Canadian Dental Care Plan – CBC

Nine thousand oral health care providers have signed up as Ottawa works to simplify insurance program

May 13, 2024

Massive cavities, mouthfuls of broken teeth, bleeding gums and abscesses — they’re just some of the serious dental issues Dr. Melvin Lee has treated in less than two weeks of providing care under Canada’s new public dental insurance plan.

“I’ve seen a lot of patients that have infections. Not just dental emergencies, but borderline medical emergencies,” the Ottawa dentist said.

“I haven’t seen patients in this condition since I did overseas mission dentistry work in Haiti and Peru.”

Lee is one of nearly 9,000 oral health care providers who have signed up so far to provide care under the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP).

That number has grown significantly since last month, when Ottawa said 5,000 had registered. There are approximately 30,500 oral health care providers across the country that could sign up.

The public plan eventually will provide dental coverage for one in four low- and middle-income Canadian residents who don’t have private dental coverage.

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