The best thing you can do for your child’s oral health is to be a good example. If you are brushing and flossing daily, your child will learn that taking care of their mouth is part of daily hygiene. But, until they are old enough, you will have to look after their oral health for them.
The earlier your child sees a dental provider, the better the chances of preventing cavities. The Canadian Dental Association, the Canadian Pediatric Society and the TBDHU all recommend that children see a dental provider by their first birthday. If you are concerned about any white or brown spots on your child’s teeth, you can contact a provider earlier than the first birthday.
If you are having problems locating a dental provider or do not have dental insurance, please call the TBDHU’s Oral Health Program at (807) 625-5900 (Thunder Bay) or toll-free at 1-888-294-6630 (District).
The Thunder Bay District Health Unit can help. We provide a number of oral health services including those specifically geared to infants and toddlers to give them the best chance at good oral health.
What We Do
Fluoride Varnish Program
Fluoride varnish is a protective coating that is painted on to the teeth. It strengthens teeth by making them harder and more resistant to decay.
Oral Health Assessment
Answers to questions about you and your child’s habits will help us to assess your child’s risk for cavities. This includes a look at your child’s teeth and gums.
We will provide guidance to parents/caregivers on topics such as cleaning of your child's teeth and gums, teething and feeding practices as well as answering any questions that may arise.
The TBDHU provides these no-cost services to all children under four years old.
For more information, please visit the Fluoride varnish program.
Learn more on our Oral Health page.
Start Early for Healthy Smiles for Life
The following pamphlets provide helpful information on the following:
- Baby Teeth are important (PDF)
- Lift the lip (PDF)
- Teething (PDF)
- Snacking and Nutrition for healthy teeth (PDF)
- Start Early: Healthy Smiles for Life Checklist for Caregivers of Children 0-5 years (PDF)
For Further Information
Call the Oral Health Program: (807) 625-5900
or toll-free 1-888-294-6630