Identifying the effects of and approaches to integrating oral-health services in health systems

    Publication year: 2016

    Oral health is important for the overall well-being of children and adults, and poor oral health has been linked to other diseases and serious health conditions such as respiratory infections, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and poor nutritional status. Ontario provides public coverage for a limited scope of oral-health services. This includes surgical-dental services delivered in hospital under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) (e.g., dental and diagnostic consultations, reconstructive procedures, and cleft lip and cleft palate surgery), as well as some services that are covered through three publicly funded programs targeted to low-income children and families, and/or those with disabilities (Healthy Smiles Ontario, Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support program).