|Healthy Teeth, Healthy Lives: Inuit Oral Health Action Plan 2013
The 2008-2009 Inuit Oral Health Survey highlighted the
need for urgent and comprehensive measures to overcome
the unacceptably high rate of oral disease that is two to
three times that of the rest of Canada.
These survey results demand a focused approach to improving
the oral health of Inuit: raising awareness of the importance
of oral health and its link to overall good health; building
partnerships between all levels of government; engaging
dental training institutions and organizations in finding
creative solutions to service delivery and skill shortages
amongst Inuit; and, in general, ensuring that Inuit of all
ages, receive quality, timely and culturally safe dental care,
both in treatment and prevention.
Currently access to regular dental care is not consistent;
treatment is often not timely; and there is not sufficient access
to prevention. Inadequate funding arrangements and
jurisdictional issues, lack of leadership at all levels, lack of
access to services, limited emphasis on prevention, poornutrition,
and difficulty in recruiting and retaining oral
health service providers mean ongoing challenges in achieving
an acceptable oral health standard for Inuit.
A multi-faceted approach for the stabilization of current
disease levels and prevention of further diseases will require
the active engagement of Inuit in the development of
sustainable solutions. This Action Plan outlines initiatives
that will begin to address the oral health disparity. It is
described through five goals, eight areas for action, and39 recommended initiatives.
|Reference (Biomedical Style):
|Healthy Teeth, Healthy Lives: Inuit Oral Health Action Plan 2013. 2013.