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Oral Health - Healthcare Providers 

Good oral health means preventing tooth decay and gum disease. In addition to contributing to appearance and self-esteem, healthy teeth and gums help you to speak clearly and eat nutritious food. Nowadays, with improved oral hygiene habits and home care products, community water fluoridation, better access to preventive care, and modern dentistry treatments; dental disease is largely preventable.

There are effective clinical preventive interventions available to reduce the risk of dental disease. However, research has shown that dental disease is related to maternal education, socioeconomic status, and other social determinants of health. Diet, self-care, drug use, stress, and trauma adversely impact oral health. A Common Risk Factor approach for promoting oral health, therefore, holds much promise.1

The resources provided in this section can assist health care professionals and educators in promoting oral health. A collaborative approach towards other chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes and hypertension may make for more efficient use of resources, align health messaging, and in the long run – produce better outcomes.


Publicly Funded Dental Programs and Services

To obtain more information about the publicly funded dental programs administered by the Health Unit, including Fee Schedules, please visit the website of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. 

To obtain more information about other publicly funded dental programs and services available in Ontario, please visit the website of the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Dental Working Group.


Where to Get Dental Treatment in Middlesex County and London

View, download and print the
Dental Treatment Referral Chart (PDF)


Dental Organizations

The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario is the governing body for dentists in Ontario. The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario is the governing body for dental hygienists in Ontario. Their roles are to protect the public’s right to quality dentistry and dental hygiene services by providing leadership to the dental and dental hygiene professions in self-regulation.

The Ontario Dental Association represents the dentists of the province of Ontario, while the Canadian Dental Association is the national voice for dentistry. Both organizations are dedicated to the advancement of the dental profession and the promotion of optimal oral health as an essential component of general health. The London & District Dental Society is the local component society of the Ontario Dental Association. The Ontario Dental Hygienists Association represents the dental hygienists of the province of Ontario. 

The Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry is an association of dental professionals whose prime interest is the oral health of the general public.

Date of creation: December 21, 2012
Last modified on: May 10, 2016


1Sheiham, A., & Watt, R.G.(2000). The common risk factor approach: a rational basis for promoting oral health. Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology, 28 (6), 299-406.