In 2010, the CDA Board of Directors approved 2 position statements related to access to care, the first focusing on disadvantaged Canadians, the second aimed at residents of long-term care facilities.
The CDA Position on Access to Oral Health Care for Canadians coincided with the release of the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) in the spring. The CDA position statement reinforces the main CHMS results: that most Canadians have good oral health and that access to care has to be improved for disadvantaged populations, who continue to bear the greatest burden of oral disease.
The CDA Position on Oral Health Care for Residents in Long-Term Care Facilities was developed by CDA's Committee on Clinical and Scientific Affairs (CCSA), with input from a broad network of contributors and volunteers. Seniors' oral health has been identified as one of the CCSA's priority areas, along with early childhood caries and patient safety.