Oral health is important for overall health but many Perth County adults have a hard time getting dental care. Just over half of residents have insurance for dental expenses – a lower proportion than Ontario as a whole. People without any form of coverage must pay out-of-pocket for dental care. This can create a big financial burden and prevent people from going to a dental professional.
In the fall of 2018, the Health Unit collected stories from Perth County adults about the challenges they face with getting dental care, and how this affects their lives. We hope to increase understanding of these challenges in the community. Below are the stories we received.