Health officials say they have identified a shortage of dental and dental hygiene products, which are commonly used in hospitals and dental offices, and they have warned about the risk of infection from the products.
They also warn that if they do not have the necessary supplies, people could be exposed to infections in the community.
The Ministry of Health says it has identified more than 500 dental and dentistry products in Ontario, including products that are used in dental and oral hygiene.
The ministry says the shortage is affecting hospitals, dental offices and emergency rooms across the province.
The ministry says it’s now working to make sure the supplies are in stock.
It says the ministry is working with manufacturers to address the shortage.
Ontario is currently working with the manufacturers of the products, including Blue Cross, Health Canada, Health Products International Inc., Ortho and Teva, to identify those who may be at risk.
The department says the manufacturer will make sure all of the dental products are available.
It also says the department is providing funding to assist hospitals, clinics and emergency departments in meeting the shortage, and it is working to provide the required supplies.
The department says that the manufacturer is also working to address other areas, including the supply of sanitary pads and cleaning supplies.
The provincial government has said the shortage will not affect Canadians, who have been able to shop for dental products and other essential health care items from retailers in stores and online.