Health Minister Calling To Allow Dental Hygienists To Give Treatments
Dental practitioners including cosmetic dentist knows that a dental hygienists perform very limited tasks compared to a qualified dentist. This is why the health minister of Canada is passing a proposition wherein hygienists will be permitted to offer treatments to patients.
Based on the data by Don Davies, a health critic from the federal NDP, around six million of residents in Canada are not going to the dentist for their yearly check because of the costs of the procedure. According to the representative from Vancouver Kingsway, the general population in Canada should be given the right for dental care which is needed to cure other illnesses.
Davies believes that it is time for the expansion of the dental care to be included into the health care system of the public. This is why the NDP MPs are continuing to fight in order for this to come into fruition. This was the statement said by Davies during the nomination meeting where NDP MLA’s Adrian Dix was also present.
With the partnership of the two, they are pushing for the dental care to be expanded. Davies is getting more hopeful considering the fact that Dix is also appointed as the health minister of the province.
Dix said that he is in favor of giving dental hygienists as well as denturists the same power when treating patients. They should be able to provide treatment and it does not matter if the patient has been seen by a dentist for the past 12 months.
If the 365-day rule is to be removed from the policy, there are adjustments needed to be done in order to cover the new roles taken on by dentists, denturists, dental technician and dental hygienists.
Dix acknowledges the importance of the work done by dental hygienists working in British Columbia therefore he decided to move forward with the proposal. The issue does not concern cosmetic dentist but it surely impacts every dental hygienists in the area. Despite the permission given, the final decision still lies on the patient whether they wanted the treatment or not.