Start School Smiling Provides Free Dental Exam
September 7, 2018
A new charity campaign offered by volunteer dentists throughout the province will increase access to care for young Albertans.
Developed by the Alberta Dental Association and College, the Start School Smiling campaign will provide a free dental exam, with bitewing x-rays if needed, to Grade One Students. The campaign runs province-wide September 15 – October 31, 2018.
“One of the primary goals of the Alberta Dental Association and College is to increase Access to Care for Albertans – and an often under-served population is young children. The ADA&C is excited to launch Start School Smiling this fall in the hopes of reaching many young children who have limited access to care.”
Dr. Anthony Odenbach, President, Alberta Dental Association and College
“We’ve heard from many Alberta families how important it is to make dental care more accessible and affordable. We’re pleased to partner with the Alberta Dental Association and College in its continued work to bring down those costs and I thank the volunteer dentists taking part in the Start School Smiling program for supporting access to care for Alberta youngsters. A free dental check-up will give them a positive start.”
Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health
There is no cost to participate in the Start School Smiling program — simply book an exam for the Grade One child at a participating practice within the campaign time frame, September 15 – October 31. A list of participating practices is available via the main page of the ADA&C website, www.dentalhealthalberta.ca.
“I commend the Alberta Dental Association and College for providing this support to families of children in Grade 1. Regular dental checkups are an important step in overall good health,” said Laura Thibert, Board Chair, Edmonton Catholic Schools. “Some parents would not be able to afford this exam and providing it free of charge will ensure that dental issues are detected early,” Thibert added.
The ADA&C has also developed an Oral Health Education Resource to help educators speak to oral health care in an academic setting. Start School Smiling will further ADA&C goals of educating children on good home care practices as well as providing a dental home to children who do not yet have one.
For further information about Start School Smiling, and to see the list of participating practices, please visit www.dentalhealthalberta.ca.
Sarah Van Tassel
Director of Communications
Alberta Dental Association and College
Media Release - August 17, 2017
EDMONTON – The Alberta Dental Association and College has released a Dental Fee Guide for Alberta.
The ADA&C has felt privileged for the unique situation to be able to collaborate closely with the Ministry of Health to improve transparency and enhance communications. We recognize that the current economic environment is challenging; in response to this, the ADA&C has developed a dental fee guide that will allow dentists to create downward pressure on their costs of services.
Our next steps will be to focus on the underserviced dental needs of Albertans by further developing programs for these populations. In a commitment to maintain costs and demonstrate value we have agreed to a zero per cent increase in our contracts, over two years, with the Government of Alberta for their government funded programs.
“We know that working with the Ministry of Health has enhanced the public’s confidence in the Alberta Dental Association and College and a better understanding of the value of dentistry,” said Dr. Mintoo Basahti, President, Alberta Dental Association and College.
The Alberta Dental Association and College encourages dental patients to engage in open dialogue with their dentists. The Dental Fee Guide will provide transparency around our fee structure and allow Albertans to better understand their dental fees.
We will be holding a press conference this morning at 10:00 am at the Boyle McCauley Health Center, 10628 96 Street NW.
About the Alberta Dental Association and College
The Alberta Dental Association and College is the dental regulatory authority in Alberta. The College ensures that the dental health of Albertans is advanced through safe, appropriate, available, ethical and quality dental care as an integral part of general health. Under the Health Professions Act, the Alberta Dental Association and College governs its members in a manner that protects and serves the public interest. The ADA&C establishes, maintains and enforces standards for registration and of continuing competence of its members.
Media Contact: Sarah Van Tassel
Media Release - May 30, 2017
Effective immediately, the Alberta Dental Association and College has permanently suspended the single operator model of simultaneously providing deep sedation or general anesthesia and dental treatment by dentists registered in Alberta.
“The Alberta Dental Association and College consulted widely with our members for input,” says Dr. Randall Croutze, Chief Executive Officer for the ADA&C. “We convened two town hall meetings and used a panel of experts in both dental and medical anesthesia to inform Council.”
The ADA&C has adopted the American Society of Anesthesiologists Continuum of Depth of Sedation: Definition of General Anesthesia and Levels of Sedation/Analgesia in defining various levels of sedation.
“This decision is the conclusion of a review of sedation practices; including literary reviews of scientific articles, white papers and best practices from jurisdictions across North America,” said Dr. Croutze. “It was important that we take the time to consider many aspects and maintain a common language regarding the different levels of sedation.”
Sarah Van Tassel