Canada’s Growing Population Means More Smiles in Need of Care: Dental Demand on the Rise!
Canada’s population grew by 2.7% in 2022, the fastest expansion among advanced economies and on par with many African nations, according to Statistics Canada. The country added a record-breaking 1,050,110 people in one year to Jan. 1, 2023, with international migration accounting for 95.9% of the growth. This is the first time Canada has grown by more than a million people in a year. The record-setting population growth is the result of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to add about half a million new permanent residents annually to expand the workforce and boost economic growth. However, the rapid population growth in urban centers has led to rising rents and a shortage of affordable housing and health-care workers.
Canada’s rapid population growth has significant implications for the demand for periodontal and implant care. Dr. Lenga, a periodontist in Toronto, notes that with the aging population and increasing prevalence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, the demand for periodontal care is likely to continue to grow. Periodontal disease is one of the most common oral health problems in Canada, affecting an estimated 20% of adults.
As Canada’s population continues to grow, it is essential to prioritize periodontal care and implant services to ensure successful implant outcomes and improve overall oral health. Dental implants require healthy gum tissue to support the implant and prevent infection, making regular dental check-ups and cleanings essential. Moreover, periodontal disease can increase the risk of implant failure, highlighting the importance of addressing gum health before undergoing implant treatment.
The rapid population growth in Canada also highlights the need for increased access to dental care, including periodontal and implant services. Dr. Lenga emphasizes the importance of educating patients about the link between periodontal health and implant success and the significance of regular dental check-ups and cleanings to maintain healthy gums. It is critical to prioritize periodontal care to ensure successful implant outcomes and improve overall oral health in Canada as the demand for dental care continues to rise.