NEW Canadian Dental Care Plan (Do you Qualify for CDCP?)

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Dental care is important, not just for aesthetics but also for health reasons. As you age, you become prone to dental problems because your gums tend to recede, increasing the likelihood of cavities and other more sinister issues, requiring root canals, tooth extractions, the use of dentures, and more.

The good news is that the Canadian government has made dental care more accessible through the introduction of a specialized plan

In this article, we will provide a comprehensive guide to this new program.

About the New Canadian Dental Care Plan

The 1st of May, 2024, saw the introduction of the new Canadian Dental Care Plan (CDCP) that provides dental insurance coverage for senior citizens. It covers those who are 70 years of age or older, and even those between the ages of 65 and 69 can apply for coverage.

Published and managed by Health Canada, this plan offers much promise for the aged who cannot afford dental care. Canadians who do not have existing dental care plans will receive coverage, with an estimated budget of $13 billion to be allotted to this cause over the course of the next five years.

The Importance of Proper Dental Care for the Aged

Your oral health care program can affect your overall well-being, and neglecting your teeth could lead to serious health issues, such as heart disease.

Even though taking care of your teeth is so important, especially as an elderly person, many Canadians have difficulty getting around the financial aspect, mostly because of exorbitant dental care expenses and a lack of insurance coverage.

Acknowledging these difficulties, the federal government established the CDCP to close the gap and offer individuals in need of dental treatment access to these services at a reasonable cost.

When Does the CDCP Kick in? 

Currently, anyone who is over the age will have coverage under the CDCP as of the 1st of May, 2024. However, citizens between the ages of 65 and 69 can also apply for dental coverage under this program to receive the oral surgery services they require. 

What This Plan Covers

 Keep in mind that most basic dental services are covered. This includes the following: 

  • X-rays
  • Fillings
  • Cleanings
  • Root canal treatments

In addition, other services, such as denture placement, are also covered.

Keep in mind, however, that you will need to visit an oral health provider that has chosen to participate in the Canadian Dental Care Plan in order to access these benefits.

The truth is that using a dentist who has explicitly chosen not to accept CDCP coverage will result in you having to cover the cost of care or obtaining coverage from a private plan.

How Much Coverage Can Eligible Candidates Expect? 

It’s important to remember that the CDCP may only cover a portion of your dental expenses, depending on a person’s household income. Let’s look at some of the scenarios where the elderly patient will only receive a partial dental benefit:

  • If their annual family income is between $70,000 and $89,999 or higher,
  • The cost of oral health care services exceeds the CDCP threshold, or
  • Your dental care program includes services that are not covered by this plan.

However, if financial barriers have resulted in a candidate being thrust into an unfavourable financial situation, they may qualify for full dental care coverage. 

Eligibility Criteria

You will need to keep in mind that there are certain eligibility criteria that apply. Let’s take a look at them in the section below. 

You may be covered partially or not be covered at all in the following circumstances: 

  • Your net family income does not exceed $90,000. 
  • No employer benefits are offered that include coverage for dental care. This includes health and wellness accounts.
  • You do not receive pension benefits from a previous employer.
  • A tax return has been filed in the previous year.
  • You are a Canadian citizen (this is for tax purposes).

It’s important to mention here that you may still be eligible for CDCP benefits even if you receive territorial, provincial, or federal government social program benefits. 

How the CDCP Compares to Provincial Programs

The truth is that there are a number of provincial programs available to offer dental coverage to those who cannot afford it. However, it is important to remember that these programs are incredibly limited and, in most cases, simply do not offer sufficient coverage.

The CDCP covers more dental services at better rates, allowing patients to even obtain dentures should they require them. Although there aren’t many dental clinics that currently support this new plan, more is said to come on board to ensure its success.

How We Can Help You Take Advantage of This Federal Government Program

Inserting dentures can truly be life-changing. Many people over the age of 65 believe that all is lost because of their dental issues. The good news is that we can insert removable dentures to restore your smile.

If you are looking for a trusted dental clinic that can help restore your teeth under the CDCP, then your search ends here. As a trusted practice, we can assist with the following dental services:

  • Extractions. Teeth that are ridden with cavities can cause incredible pain and discomfort. We can help you 
  • Complete dentures, including standard and temporary dentures. We can also help you fill in missing teeth with high-quality dentures.
  • Denture repairs, relines, and rebases. Suppose your dentures need tweaking or repairs to ensure that they fit correctly and serve their purpose well. In that case, you can turn to us for assistance.
  • Placing of the lining in dentures to condition oral tissues. This process involves placing a “cushion” between your dentures and soft tissue to promote comfort and healing.
  • Complete, immediate, and overdentures. We can assist with a number of different denture types. Keep in mind that this will require reauthorization.
  • Initial placement and replacement of partial dentures. These services are covered under the CDCP but will also require reauthorization.

Contact Shreve Dental Clinic Today!

At Shreve Denture Clinic, we are committed to offering quality services to our patients. If you are looking for high-quality, reliable dental care, then you can turn to us. 

From diagnostic services, including examinations and X-rays, to prosthodontic services, such as the insertion of complete dentures and partial removable dentures, and oral surgery services that include extractions, we offer a comprehensive range of dental solutions.

Improve your dental health and restore your smile today by taking advantage of CDCP benefits at Shreve Denture Clinic!

**Disclaimer: This article has been checked for accuracy at the time of being written. We periodicity check and update all of our website information… but for all official eligibility, rules and online application of the CDCP please always visit the Official Government of Canada website here.

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Kristin Shreve Swayze, DD

Kristin has been in the dental field for over 17 years which began with her joining a local denture practice which she eventually purchased in 2010 and with that Shreve Denture Clinic was born.

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Shelly Basden

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Shelly, our Office Manager, joined our team after graduating from the Medical Office Assisting program in 2022. She brings a tremendous amount of experience as she managed our local M&M Food Market for 22 years as well as holds a degree in Office Administration.

She is the first face you see when you walk in our doors, she keeps us all organized and is continually busy creating new and creative ways to improve our care for our patients.  She looks for ways through social media to inspire a welcome change to connect with our patients.

Shelly, who resides here in Leamington, is married to her long-time partner Joe and together they have four children and a feline companion, Noel.  Shelly enjoys travelling and spending time with her family. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time in her backyard where her and her husband have created an outdoor oasis!

When asked what she loves most about working at Shreve Denture Clinic, Shelly stated that she appreciates that the denturists make everyone feel so welcome and comfortable visiting their office. Working at Shreve Denture Clinic has been life changing for her and she couldn’t ask for a better place to work.

Joanna Leong, R.D.T.

Laboratory Technician

Joanna started her career in dental technology at George Brown College. She found that the program combined her passion for arts and science, and still loves the work she does. She is the one person that you don’t usually see when you visit us here at Shreve Denture Clinic, but without her, you would never have the beautiful smile you deserve.

She’s been in the dental field for 23+ years, including owning her own lab and keeping up to date by attending many seminars throughout her career. We have had the pleasure of having Joanna on our team for the past two years.

Joanna is happily married to her husband, Carl and resides here in Leamington. She has a passion for baking, cooking and animals of any kind. Joanna is adored by her family kitten, Catrina and has a knack for building strong relationships with the neighborhood cats.

Joanna shows a lot of pride in her work and is extremely meticulous. She never lets one case go without paying attention to all the fine details. She works hard to ensure each patient that we treat is happy. When asked why she enjoys working here at Shreve Denture Clinic, Joanna states “I appreciate how Kristin and Claudia take their time with each patient to ensure each case is done properly, which allows me to complete my work to the high standards we strive for.

Kristin Shreve Swayze, DD

Denturist/Owner

When Kristin was just a teenager contemplating her future, she wanted a career that would give her a challenge as well as the opportunity to work closely people. After attending high school in Chatham, Ontario Kristin decided to attend the Dental Assisting program at Fanshawe College. After receiving her certification from Fanshawe in 2003, Kristin then went on to specialize and attended the Denturism program at George Brown College, graduating in 2006.

Kristin has been in the dental field for over 17 years which began with her joining a local denture practice which she eventually purchased in 2010 and with that Shreve Denture Clinic was born. She has since expanded the practice and has hired three employees as well as an associate denturist. Kristin can also offer her patients expert advice for all their dental implant needs and is deeply passionate about bringing advanced yet affordable implant solutions to her patients. Between Kristin and her team, Shreve Denture Clinic now has a combined 85 years of dental experience.

Kristin and her husband Kris have been married for 9 years and they are proud parents of an adorable 1-year-old boy named Kerrigan and an energetic dog named Dexter. Kristin is an avid football fan and enjoys attending games and spending time travelling with her family.

Kristin strives to provide a positive experience for all of her patients and ensure they feel welcome and comfortable while in the dental chair. When asked what she loves most about working with her patients, she said “I love being able to give my patients back their confidence through their smile. It is such an amazing feeling when someone says that their life is better because of their dentures”.