“Brush up on the Facts” Campaign Urges Parents to Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy
Hastings and Prince Edward Counties / April 3, 2018 – 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.
Shelly Brown, Program Manager
613-966-5500 x 237