Dentists are now allowed to treat their spouses. The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario regulation was approved by Ontario’s Cabinet July 10th and it comes into effect immediately. The passage of this regulation means that access to care for spouses of dentists in rural or northern communities may no longer be an issue. Spouses have been granted the ability to choose the dentist of their preference, including their spouse. Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville, first introduced Bill 70 as a Private Member’s Bill to amend the 1991 Regulated Health Professions Act, working with the Ontario Dental Association and all three parties of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to ensure support for the passage of his legislation. The spousal exception act strikes a balance, allowing Dental Colleges that wish to permit spousal treatment to do so, and those that expressly prohibit their members from treating spouses can continue in that manner.