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Oral Health in Schools

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health works together with local schools to encourage optimal oral health for students of all ages. This is accomplished through school screening, provision of community oral health clinics, helping families connect with Healthy Smiles Ontario, and providing support to educators.

Oral Health Services

Oral Health Screening at Elementary Schools

Oral health screening is a mandated program by the Ministry of Health.  This screening consists of a quick visual assessment of students’ mouths, using a sterilized mouth mirror.  Each year, the HPEPH Oral Health Team provides dental screening in local publicly-funded schools.  An Oral Health Report Card is sent home with the child to inform parents of any dental concerns.  Please note that this program does not replace the importance of regularly scheduled visits to a dentist.

To provide the best experience for students, Public Health staff require a dedicated space during oral health screening. For more information, please review the Required School Screening Practice Guidelines and the FAQ and Information for School Staff.

Students are screened based on the following criteria:

  • JK, SK, and Grade 2 in low screening intensity schools
  • JK, SK, Grade 2 and 7 in medium screening intensity schools
  • JK, SK, Grade 2, 4, and 7 in high screening intensity schools
  • And any other student requested by parent/guardian

Free Oral Health Clinics

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health offers free preventive dental services to eligible children 0 to 17 years of age through our Oral Health Clinics.  For more information, visit our page about dental services for kids.

Healthy Smiles Ontario

The Healthy Smiles Ontario program is a dental program funded by the government of Ontario, that provides free preventive, routine, and emergency dental services for children and youth 17 years old and under from low-income households.  For more information, visit our page about dental services for kids.

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Oral Health Curriculum (Grades 1 – 6)

Teacher curriculum support resources are available for Grades 1-6, revised based on the new curriculum.

Additional Resources:

The Oral Health Educational Guide is meant as a tool to enable you to teach oral health, as it links oral health education and resources to learning blocks and strands found in the Ontario Curriculum.

Need More Information About Oral Health in Schools?

Please contact the Oral Health program at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 680, or email info@hpeph.ca.

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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

Please continue to our website for more information about our programs and services.