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Health Minister Marks National Dental Hygienists Week with Pledge to Expand Access to Care

In honor of National Dental Hygienists Week™, Health Minister Mark Holland has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to improving oral health care accessibility for Canadians. With the backdrop of this week’s celebrations, Minister Holland’s statement highlights the pivotal role dental hygienists play in safeguarding the nation’s oral health.

This year’s National Dental Hygienists Week™, themed “Oral Health for Total Health,” underscores the interconnectedness between oral health and overall well-being. Minister Holland emphasized the importance of regular visits to oral health professionals, not only for preventing tooth decay and gum disease but also for reducing the risk of serious health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Acknowledging the challenges many Canadians face in accessing dental care due to financial constraints, Minister Holland announced the government’s initiative, the Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP). Launched in December, the CDCP aims to make dental care more affordable for up to 9 million Canadians, addressing a pressing need in the healthcare system.

“I appreciate and thank oral health providers, including dental hygienists, who will deliver care to CDCP members,” Minister Holland stated. “In doing so, they are playing an important part in more equitable access to oral health care.”

Since its launch, over 1.6 million Canadians have successfully applied to the CDCP, signaling the significant demand for affordable dental care across the country. With more Canadians expected to become eligible for the program in the coming months, the government’s commitment to expanding access to oral health services remains steadfast.

Minister Holland urged oral health professionals to stay informed about the CDCP and encouraged their participation in delivering care to CDCP members. By leveraging the expertise of dental hygienists and other oral health providers, the government aims to improve health outcomes and reduce the burden of preventable diseases on the healthcare system.


Minister Holland’s statement comes at a critical time when access to healthcare, including dental care, remains a pressing issue for many Canadians. The government’s proactive approach in launching the Canadian Dental Care Plan demonstrates a commitment to addressing healthcare disparities and improving the well-being of all Canadians.

As we mark National Dental Hygienists Week™, it’s important to recognize the invaluable contributions of dental hygienists in promoting oral health and preventing diseases. Their dedication, coupled with government initiatives like the CDCP, offers hope for a future where oral health care is more accessible and equitable for all Canadians.

GTA Today applauds Minister Holland’s pledge to expand access to oral health care and encourages continued support for initiatives aimed at improving healthcare accessibility nationwide. Together, we can strive towards a healthier and more inclusive healthcare system for all Canadians.

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at

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