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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Health Unit Wants to Hear from Adults who Struggle to Afford Dental Care

Do you have a hard time paying for dental care?  Has this had a negative effect on your life?  The Perth District Health Unit would like to hear from residents about the challenges they face with paying for dental care and the impact this has on their lives.  

The Health Unit has been exploring the issue of access to dental care for adults living with low income.  “We know that residents with lower incomes are less likely to have insurance for dental expenses,” says Katherine Horst, Public Health Promoter.  She adds that if someone lacks coverage or the ability to pay out-of-pocket, their options for getting dental care are very limited.  The consequences of untreated dental problems can be significant, from poor health and lower self-esteem to missed days of work.  

The next phase of the Health Unit’s project is to collect stories from adults who have struggled to get dental care.  The plan is to share the stories online, in reports, presentations, and media interviews.  The goal of the project is to raise awareness and increase understanding of the difficulties some people face with accessing dental care.  “These real-life stories will enhance the data we’ve already compiled,” says Horst.      

Adults must be at least 18 years old and live in Perth County to participate.  People can submit their stories through the Perth District Health Unit website, by phone, or in person. Visit www.pdhu.on.ca/dentalstory to submit your story online.  For more information, call 519-271-7600 ext 245 or toll-free 1-877-271-7348 ext 245.  

Media Contacts:

Rebecca Hill or Chera Longston
Communications Manager
519-271-7600 ext 279
communications@pdhu.on.ca
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