Limited access to dental care for disabled adults in B.C.

The B.C. auditor general’s recent report, "Disability Assistance: An Audit of Program Access, Integrity and Results", indicates that B.C. adults who have developmental disabilities — such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism — frequently live with painful dental infections, wait months and often years for necessary dental treatment in hospital, or struggle to find dentists who will treat them.

The article author recommends hospital-based special needs dental clinics, training dental students in special-needs dentistry, and getting the government and B.C. dentists to establish a workable fee arrangement.