Good oral health is essential to overall health and well-being. The efficient use of the skills of all oral health professionals is essential to improve access to care.
Oral health care remains disconnected from the health care system.
A strategic policy approach is required to achieve a universal access program within five years including:
- Ongoing commitment to the support of public dental services
- Scheduled renegotiation of funding agreements prior to expiration
- A performance and reporting structure focusing on outcomes rather than throughput.