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22 Oct 2015

Dental Therapy

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In life, it’s important to have someone to talk to and confide in. Normally this ‘go to’ person is someone that you are close to (spouse, best friend, family member, etc.) however, not everyone is lucky enough to have someone in their life that they can rely on and vent to. For this reason and many others, therapeutic services are always thriving.

 

It’s amazing how helpful actually speaking to a stranger (yes they are professionals, but they are still strangers at first, and it can be a challenge to open up to them about personal things) about concerns or issues you may be facing can be. The same can be said about dental professionals to a certain degree. When you decide on the right Ottawa dental professional to examine your teeth, they start out as strangers yet they are immediately privy to a very intimate part of your body, your mouth.

 

Dental therapy is something that is starting to gain steam here in Canada, and around the world. A dental therapist is essentially a dental professional who is not quite a dentist and not quite a hygienist; they fall somewhere in between. They still have to undergo extensive training and become certified professionals, but they are more concerned with preventative dental measures and practices to help patients.

 

As time progresses you may start to see dental therapists in many more dental locations.

15 Oct 2015

Dental Fee Regulation

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Living in Ontario affords us many different benefits. Not only are we privy to a beautiful province that houses the capital city of the whole country, but also we are lucky enough to benefit from health care that is provided to all citizens of the province. Yes, other provinces have similar government funded health care initiatives in place and yes, dental care is usually excluded in these plans, but the one thing that seems to be an issue is the regulation of fees.

 

In Alberta, the dental fees are not only unregulated, but the amount of money that a procedure can vary by is astronomical. Dependent on the specific dental clinic in question, the filling of one single tooth can vary from $100 to $600. The Albertan government is currently reviewing and looking into the matter.

 

The tooth of the matter is that many people live on either a fixed income, or have to mind their budget on spending very closely. Having the ability to choose between dental clinics is great as you have the power to pick a spot that is accessible and affordable. Without any type of fee regulation however, your clinic of choice could decide to raise prices suddenly and without notice, which can leave you and your mouth, in a bind.