In Canada, goals have been set to reduce the overall rate of cancer in Canadians. Furthermore, we as a nation are striving to ensure that cancer is caught early on, so that it can be treated more effectively.

One of the best things you can do to care for yourself is schedule regular visits to your Edmonton dentist and doctor. Frequent checkups allow for chronic diseases like cancer to be diagnosed while still in the early stages and are a great way check in on your general health and make sure that you’re living a happy and healthy life. For example, at your routine appointments with our dental clinic in Edmonton, your dentist will be able to assess your oral health and will notice if there are any signs that oral cancer is developing.

The BETTER program

The Building on Existing Tools to Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Screening in Primary Care (a.k.a. BETTER) program endeavours to improve the prevention and screening of chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The BETTER approach aims to meet this goal by providing you with comprehensive and integrated care that has been tailored to satisfy your needs.

The Prevention Practitioner

BETTER has been given the opportunity to expand thanks to funding from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and will be opening the BETTER Training Institute, which will consist of two branches; one Eastern and one Western. At these institutes, primary care providers will be trained to become “Prevention Practitioners.” Specializing in the prevention of chronic disease, a Prevention Practitioner provides personalized treatments on a patient-by-patient basis. By analyzing your medical history and chronic disease risk, your Prevention Practitioner will be able to recommend a series of lifestyle changes, called the Prevention Prescription, which will meet your needs and allow you to live out the healthiest life possible.

Visit your family dentist in Edmonton

Our team at Janz Family Dental supports the initiative to reduce cancer in Canadians—particularly oral cancer. We offer everything from services and procedures, such as fillings and teeth cleanings, to cosmetic dentistry, which includes crowns, bridges and teeth whitening. We also have an emergency dentist available in Edmonton, if you find yourself requiring urgent care. Maintaining your oral health is important regardless of your age, which is why we’re proud to provide care to children, adults and seniors alike. Contact us to book an appointment today!

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