April 3, 2018 - The Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry (OAPHD) and public health Units across Ontario have launched an awareness campaign for Oral Health Month. The “Brush Up on the Facts: Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy” campaign is geared to parents and focuses on the impact dental health has on kids’ healthy growth and development and the free dental programs and services that are available for eligible kids 0-17.
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 activities.
“When kids have dental pain it is more than just having a cavity,” explains Justine Mack, Registered Dental Hygienist. “Children need to keep their teeth healthy for their overall health. That's why we want everyone to Brush Up On The Facts to help keep kids teeth healthy!”
It is important for children to visit a dental professional regularly (at least annually) to prevent issues from starting and to have dental issues checked immediately regardless if they have baby teeth or adult teeth Fortunately, small steps today such as limiting sugary snacks and drinks, helping children brush and floss properly, and contacting the TBDHU for more information, can help children avoid dental issues.
Please visit OAPHD.on.ca or TBDHU.com for more information and answers to all of your dental questions, including if your child is eligible for free dental care.
For more information:
Health Unit Media Line 625-8800 or
1-888-294-6630, extension 8800