Canadians have a lot of things to be proud of, such as hockey, maple syrup, our stunningly beautiful outdoors, and a large polar bear population. But perhaps one of our nation's most unsung national treasures is our great oral health and enviable dental care system. Dental care in Canada and, more specifically, in Calgary, is characterized by a high level of accessibility to the general public, as well as high levels of patient satisfaction with dental services.
With about 60 dental professionals per 100,000 people, Canadians report one of the highest rates of dental visits among member nations in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Around 75% of Canadians say they visit the dentist annually, which is higher than the yearly rates of dental visits in Finland (63%), the US (65%), Australia (64%), and Japan (50%). As a result, the percentage of missing, filled, or decayed teeth in children, adolescents, and adults are very low compared to other countries. Canadians also have to deal with little to no wait times in order to see a dentist, while patients in Australia and Finland, for example, are often put on wait lists thousands of people long.
While dental care and oral health in Canada are among the best in the world, dental care in Calgary, Alberta also comes out on top when compared to other provinces. Both public and private spending on dental services increased by approximately 9% from 2000 to 2010 in Alberta, outpaced only by Nunavut. Alberta also has among the highest rates of yearly visits to dental professionals in Canada, and it is one of only two provinces (the other being Prince Edward Island), to provide public dental insurance programs for seniors.
Go Dental is honored to provide general, family, and cosmetic dentistry services to our proud Canadian patients at our NE Calgary clinic. As a resident of Calgary, Alberta, you live in one of the best places in the world for professional and effective dental services such as teeth cleaning, teeth whitening, and dental implants. We encourage you to join the nearly 3/4 of Canadians who take care of their teeth by regularly consulting with a dental professional and treating their oral health as an important component of their overall health.