The Globe and Mail is looking to change the face of dentistry in Alberta, with the publication of a new issue.
The new issue is the first of its kind in the province, and it’s designed to highlight what’s in the best practices for children, families and the public.
“Our message is: There are more options, there are more choices, there is more access to dentistry than ever before,” said Dr. Julie Kowalczyk, the editor-in-chief of the journal.
The issue will be available in March, and the first two chapters will focus on the growing numbers of Canadians with chronic disease and the importance of dental care for patients with these conditions.
“We’re going to focus on some of the key topics that are emerging, and some of those are: how to improve access, how to make sure that families are getting the care they need,” said Kowalskys husband, Paul.
“What’s happening is the cost of dental is going down in the population, so the burden of care for people with chronic diseases is going up,” said another contributing author, Dr. Bruce Hirschfeld.
The topic of dental in Alberta is becoming increasingly relevant, and that has implications for the future of the province’s dentistry.
Dr. Hirschwald said that while there are currently more dental programs than there are doctors in the country, they’re being underfunded.
“And it’s a problem that’s really got to be addressed,” he said.
“There are a lot of programs in place that don’t necessarily work.”
In fact, he said, if dental care were available to everyone, there would be more choices available.
“You’re going into the market, you’re going out into the marketplace and you’re having to look at different options, and you can’t get the same amount of care that you would have if you were going into a market place, or if you’re shopping in a grocery store,” he added.
“So there are a whole bunch of programs that don�t work in the market place.”
The new issue will also be about how to deliver better care to patients, including the growing need for more specialist services.
“It�s a really big topic, and one that we want to be really mindful of, and we want people to understand what that means and what it means for the community,” Kowalos said.
The new dental issue will appear in The Globe, and The Calgary Herald.