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Improving access to oral health care for vulnerable people living in Canada

Dr. Allison RevisedPodcast Icon SmallDr. John O’Keefe, Director of Knowledge Networks at the Canadian Dental Association, spoke with Dr. Paul Allison, Chair of a panel of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) about their recently published report: “Improving access to oral health care for vulnerable people living in Canada.” Dr. Paul Allison is also Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at McGill University. 






Read the full report (PDF English)

Read the full report (PDF French)

Listen to Audio Interview


Interview Highlights

  • There is evidence and data showing that there is an issue of access to oral health care for vulnerable populations.
  • The initiative mirrors what the CDA is doing with the National Oral Health Action Plan (NOHAP) initiative.
  • It is important to bring this issue to the awareness of healthcare and oral healthcare professionals as well as decision makers and the public.
  • Our hope is to come up with strategies that would help solve oral health care access issue for vulnerable populaions in Canada.


We have also conducted other interviews with three (3) other panel members. Watch for those interviews coming soon on Oasis Discussions and the in the CDA Essentials Magazine.



  1. Michael G Christensen September 16, 2014

    Thank you for this kind of information. I like the online access. One suggestion: I find an audio/visual presentation to be considerably less useful than a written presentation. I can read the presentation in much less time than it takes to watch the audio/visual presentation. Also, I can read the presentation when other things are happening in the same room without disturbing the other people in the room or in the area.

  2. Bob Wood September 16, 2014

    I have read the Globe articles, listened to this and wonder why dental schools don’t take the lead? Student’s need credits, the poor need access to high quality dental care. I would argue that Canada’s dental schools provide high-quality care. All the dental schools would need would be a few volunteer “combat” dentists and security and sequester a part of each dental faculty for outside access to a defined space AFTER HOURS. Also perhaps accepting dental students after ONE year undergraduate study instead of having half of them complete useless MSc degrees, and not charging them 40k per year for tuition might incline them to provide part of their practice day to community good.


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