The Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit feels provincial healthcare should include dental services.

According to the health unit, 1,208 people had to visit an emergency room in 2015 because of a dental issue.

Children 17 and under are covered for dentist visits through O.H.I.P., but that coverage does not extend to adults.

The health unit says when people visit the emergency room with a dental issue, the pain is treated but the root of the problem is not dealt with.

Health Promoter Anna Rusak asked Haliburton County for its support on this in the fall but council felt this is a provincial matter and it should be addressed in Queen’s Park.

The province has promised to expand dental coverage to low-income adults and seniors by 2025.