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Event summary produced by The Globe and Mail Events team. The Globe’s editorial department was not involved.

Medical research shows a link between poor oral health and other chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Yet according to Statistics Canada, one in five Canadians avoid visiting a dental clinic due to cost, and approximately one-third of Canadians lack dental coverage. As the federal government moves toward expanding public-paid access to dental care, now is the time to ensure the strategy is shaped carefully.

On Dec. 7, Globe and Mail health reporter and columnist, André Picard, hosted a webcast on the path to expanding access to dental care in Canada.

Watch the full discussion (60 minutes) below.


  • Dr. Sonica Singhal, assistant professor, graduate program director, Dental Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Zahid Salman, president and chief executive officer, Green Shield Canada
  • Dr. Sheri McKinstry, co-founder of the Indigenous Dental Association of Canada
  • Dr. Mario Brondani, associate professor; chair, division of dental public health; director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, University of British Columbia

The Globe and Mail presented the event with sponsor support from Green Shield Canada. The event included a representative from Green Shield Canada, along with other speakers who participated independently at The Globe’s invitation.

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