The practice of traveling out of province is so popular that even out of country dental clinics are advertising in Alberta. The significant cost had lead to many individuals who don't or can't travel out of province to restrict how frequently they go the dentist, even worse, this trend is carrying over to children.
So how does Alberta stack up to the rest of Canada? This infographic depicts the costs for typical dental visit.
But what is the true cost? It's been said that your eyes are a window into your soul, so too is your mouth a window into your overall health. Your oral health has been linked to various diseases and conditions such as Endocarditis which is an infection in the lining of the heart muscle which can be cause by oral bacteria in the bloodstream, Periodontitis which is a form of gum disease, has been linked to premature birth and low birth weight, and some research would suggest the cardiovascular disease can be linked to inflammation and infection that oral bacteria can cause.
Other health conditions can also play a role in your oral health, Diabetes for example can lower the body's resistance to infection increasing the risk of gum disease and, Osteoporosis has been linked to periodontal bone loss and even tooth loss.
Your oral health is more than just fillings, cleanings and extractions. So too should your decision to visit the dentist be more than just the bill when you leave. Remember that the fee guide in New Brunswick sets a maximum your dentist can charge for their services, not the minimum. If cost is a driving factor in your oral care, be a conscientious consumer, talk to your dentist and get a competitive quote.
Not going to the dentist is not the answer.