These programs have been implemented for all age groups, but children remain one of the most focused targets of these interventions. Among these programs are included the Children in Need of Treatment Program or CINOT, Ontario Works, which provides basic dental coverage upto 18 years of age, the Ontario Disability Support Program and the Dental Indices Survey or DIS and preventive services. There is also the emergence of clinics for low income residents, since many of the people who cannot afford dental treatment belong to low socioeconomic status. The University of Toronto and University of Western Ontario are two of the main providers of such dental services.
Even these programs however, have not been able to cater to the needs of the Canadian public in general. Statistics show that one thirds of the residents of Ontario do not see a dentist on regular basis. The most common reason is the lack of insurance and inability of these people to afford dental care (The Whole Tooth and Nothing But the Truth, nd). Other issues include fear and anxiety towards dental treatment. This does not mean that the issue settles here. Even if patients do manage to get dental insurance, it is no guarantee that it will be sufficient for the particular treatment needs (The Whole Tooth and Nothing But the Truth, nd). Studies show that although 52% of the Candians and 60% of the Ontarians have some form of dental insurance, but these insurance programs have not been created equally, which again leads to cost becoming a barrier to dental care (The Whole Tooth and Nothing But the Truth, nd).
There are many challenges that need to be overcome for children living in Ontario or for that part many areas of Canada. Accessing dental care in Ontario may not be possible unless a person has insurance. Dental care can be very expensive and therefore, prohibitive