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The Politics of Dental Care in Canada
Filling a gap in the health policy literature, author and dental public health specialist Dr. Carlos Quiñonez explores the complexities surrounding Canada’s dental care system and policies, including how they came to be, their consequences, and what they mean for oral health and access to dental care.
The Politics of Dental Care in Canada seeks to answer a long standing policy question in Canadian health care: why is dental care excluded from Canada’s national system of health insurance, Medicare? The text presents a history of dentistry in Canada from the late nineteenth century onward, outlining how dentistry traversed a developing Canadian welfare state. Dr. Quiñonez explores factors that led to dentistry’s separation from larger movements in health care policy, including moral questions on individual versus social responsibility over health, scientific advances in the field, and prevailing economic uncertainty.
Opening with a foreword by Dr. Dennis Raphael, this vital text offers an extensive overview on how the politics of dental care contributes to inequalities and inequities in oral health. From discussing scientific and public health advances in dentistry to looking at the general nature of oral health care in Canada from an international perspective, this text serves as an important addition to the field of health policy and a foundational resource for courses in dentistry, health studies, and comparative health policy.
- provides a comprehensive discussion on the current state of Canadian dental care policy as well as the history and factors that led to the policy, and the resulting outcomes and inequalities, from a leading figure in the dental public health field
- presents the latest available information on the epidemiology of oral diseases and conditions; the connection between oral health and systemic health; and the organization, financing, and delivery of oral health care in Canada and internationally
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Politics of Health Series
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Politics of Dental Care
Chapter 2: The History of Dental Care in Canada
Chapter 3: A Tale of Two Cities and Loose Ends: The Politics of Dental Care and the Policy and Programmatic Holes It Leaves
Chapter 4: Potential Solutions