Inequity in oral health care for elderly Canadians: part 2. Causes and ethical considerations

J Can Dent Assoc. 2014:80:e10.


The Canadian Health Measures Survey, conducted between March 2007 and February 2009, revealed unmet dental needs among older adults in Canada. This article, the second of a 3-part series, explains that the inequity in oral care faced by elderly Canadians is due largely to the current fee-for-service dental service system. However, the inequity has arisen because of financial, behavioural and physical barriers, and both the community at large and the dental profession have a social responsibility to reduce this unfairness and provide equitable access to oral care for older people.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Canada
  • Health Services Accessibility / ethics*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Health Services for the Aged / ethics*
  • Health Services for the Aged / supply & distribution*
  • Health Surveys
  • Healthcare Disparities*
  • Humans