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Welcome to Access Oral Care ©
Access Oral Care © is a unique, innovative oral health community-development organization based in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.
Founded in 2011, it consists of a collaborative group of local community businesses, institutions, dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants. Through corporate sponsorship, in-kind contributions, donations and not-for-profit fund-raising activities, its mission is to restore much needed primary population-based preventive oral care programs for two important, yet often forgotten groups living in our community: 
  • independently-living and cared-for older adults, and
  • marginalized adults and children, including those living with physical and cognitive disabililties living in our community ....who cannot afford to access primary dental care.
A recent 2014 Canadian report, 'Improving access to oral health care for vulnerable people living in Canada', published by the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, identifies a number of issues. (click on the link below under 'Resources' for a full copy of this report). These issues can be distilled to the following core problems:
  • Vulnerable groups living in Canada have both the highest level of oral health problems and the most difficulty accessing oral health care; and
  • The public and private oral health care systems in Canada are not effective in providing reasonable access to oral health care for all vulnerable people living in Canada.

The founder, Ellen Ross CDA, Dip Geront, has been instrumental in the development of several nationally recognized organizations' senior's dental health care policies and procedures. Click on the links below to read more about some of her accomplishments in developing standards of care for older adults 


" I commend you and your colleagues as well for your commitment to improving dental access and for the time and expertise you are lending the Health Council to this end...Marion Emo, Executive Director, Hamilton District Health Council"



Improving access to oral health care for vulnerable people living in Canada

Improving Oral Care in Long Term Care Canadian Nurse 2012

Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP)

Oral Care and Dementia Best Practices

RNAO Oral Health Guidelines

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