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Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. | Windsor and Essex County
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 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.
Tooth decay (also known as cavities) is a preventable, infectious disease and is the most common chronic disease in children. 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” explains Shannen Janisse, Health Promotion Specialist, “it is more than just having a tooth infection – a child’s self-esteem, sense of well-being and overall health is affected. That's why we want parents and caregivers to Brush Up On The Facts to help keep kids teeth healthy!”
Fortunately, there are small steps that can be taken today to help children avoid dental issues; these include limiting sugary snacks and drinks, helping kids brush and floss properly, and visiting a dental professional at least once a year to prevent issues from starting.
To find out what dental health services are available at the Health Unit and if your child qualifies, call 519-258-2146 extension 1199 or visit www.wechu.org. For dental health tips during the months of April to June, follow the Health Unit on Facebook and Twitter.
For more information on The Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry, visit OAPHD.on.ca
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
519-258-2146 ext. 6397 (news)