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New Canadian Oral Health Data

The Office of the Chief Dental Officer (OCDO) released the Oral Health Component of the Canadian Health Measures Survey, which demonstrates that overall, Canadians have a very good oral health status. Three out of every four Canadians annually visit a dental professional. However, this survey report does not include First Nations and Inuit health data, which will be released at a later date.
The following statistics indicate increased federal support for oral health is needed:

  • 17% of Canadians reported that they did not make an appointment to see a dental professional due to the cost;
  • 16% stated that they avoided getting all their recommended treatment done due to the cost.
  • 57% of 6–11 year olds have or have had a cavity
  • 59% of 12–19 year olds have or have had a cavity
  • The average number of teeth affected by decay in children aged 6–11 and 12–19 year olds is 2.5
  • 96% of adults have had a history of cavities
  • 21% of adults with natural teeth have, or have had, a moderate or a severe periodontal problem

If you have any questions or if you would like a copy of the report (specify technical or summary or both), please e-mail OCDO at ocdo-bdc@hc-sc.gc.ca

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