It’s a phrase that’s been used in a number of recent articles.
Now the phrase is being used to describe a dental practice in Cambridge, Ontario.
In a new series of articles published by The Canadian Press, the province’s health minister, Dr. Eric Hoskins, says the word is a “stereotype” and it’s “a bit of a shame that it’s been created.”
The health minister also says the province is working on a new set of rules to make it easier to find a dentist in the province.
But the Ontario Association of Dental Hygienists says the term “family dentist” has become a slur in the past year, and its members say it’s hurting the province and the Canadian dental profession.
Dr. Brian C. Johnson, who has been the association’s president for a decade, says it’s time to change the way we think about dentistry.
“I think it’s just an insult,” he says.
“I don’t think it has anything to do with dental hygiene or quality of care.”
Johnson says the association has heard from many people who are being targeted for removal because they don’t have good credit scores.
Johnson says that’s a problem for the health minister.
“We’re not trying to shut down the practice,” he said.
“We’re trying to keep them alive.”
The association is also calling for a national dental health plan to help all Canadians.