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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Free oral health clinics

The Ontario Association of Public
Health Dentistry (OAPHD), along with public health units across Ontario, has
launched an awareness campaign for Oral Health Month. The “Brush Up on the
Facts: Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy” campaign is promoting the importance of dental
health for overall growth and development, as well as reminding people about
the free dental programs and services that are available for eligible children.



Good oral
health is important for a child’s self-esteem, sense of well-being and overall
health. Cavities can be painful, impact a child’s ability to chew foods
properly, and may affect their ability to pay attention at school or enjoy
daily activities. Fortunately, there are small steps that can be taken today to
help prevent dental issues such as limiting sugary snacks and drinks, helping
children brush and floss properly, and visiting a dental professional
regularly.



 “When a child has a toothache” explains Amanda
Scales, Health Promoter, “it affects more than just the child’s mouth. That’s
why we want everyone to Brush up on the
Facts
to help keep kids’ teeth healthy.”



Free oral
health clinics are available through Hastings Prince Edward Public Health for
children 0 to 17 years of age. In addition, the Healthy Smiles Ontario program
is available to eligible children and youth up to 17 years. This
government-funded program covers regular visits to a licensed dental provider,
check-ups, cleanings, fillings, x-rays, scaling, as well as essential or
emergency oral health issues.


Visit
oaphd.on.ca for more about the provincial Brush
up on the Facts
campaign.


For more
information about Oral Health Clinics or Healthy Smiles Ontario, call Hastings Prince Edward Public
Health at 613-966-5500.

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