Better Dental Coverage Starts for Nova Scotia Children

Health and Wellness

May 30, 2013 10:26 AM

Starting today, May 30, Nova Scotia children age 13 and younger have coverage for dental care.

Children going to the dentist for basic treatment such as annual checkups, cleanings and fillings will see the dentist for free because of new MSI coverage. Previously, it covered children nine years old and younger.

"This coverage means up to 40,000 more young Nova Scotians can get dental care which is an important part of overall health," said Cole-Harbour Eastern Passage MLA Becky Kent, on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Dave Wilson. "With this investment, we're providing better care sooner by supporting hard-working families who want their children to grow up healthy and strong."

Dental care coverage is provided by the province for children who don't have private insurance. The expanded dental coverage was included in the April 4 budget.

"This is certainly a good news day for all those children 10 to 13 who currently do not have the benefit of family dental insurance," said Dr. Heather Carr, president of the Nova Scotia Dental Association. "Studies have indicated that populations with dental insurance tend to make more dental office visits and therefore have better oral health. Adding three years to the Nova Scotia children's program will help many families access necessary dental care for their children."

"Good oral health is important to everyone, especially our youth," said Dr. Janice Lowe, a dentist in Eastern Passage. "This expanded dental coverage for children means even more families have access to the care they need."

The investment brings funding for the Children's Oral Health Program to $6.3 million per year. Government also continues to provide more than $3 million per year for other special dental services.


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     Starting today (May 30th), Nova Scotia children age 13 and

younger have coverage for dental care.

     The MSI coverage is for basic treatment such as annual

checkups, cleanings and fillings. It is for children who don't

have private insurance.

     Previously, it covered children up to age nine.

     Cole-Harbour Eastern Passage MLA Becky Kent, on behalf of

Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson, says the coverage

means up to 40-thousand more young Nova Scotians can get dental

care, which is an important part of overall health.

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