News Release headerApril is Oral  Health Month: Parents Encouraged to Brush Up on the Facts and Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Perth County – The Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry, along with the Perth District Health Unit and others across Ontario, have launched an awareness campaign for the month of April – Oral Health Month. The “Brush Up on the Facts: Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy” campaign is geared to parents and focuses on the importance of dental health to kids’ healthy growth and development.  It also promotes the availability of free dental services for eligible kids aged 17 and under.

Good oral health is important for a child’s self-esteem, sense of well-being and overall health. Cavities can be painful, result in infection, impact a child’s ability to eat and speak properly, affect their sleep, and may affect their ability to pay attention at school or enjoy activities.

“Even though children lose their baby teeth, it’s still important to protect these teeth from decay as decay can affect the growth of permanent teeth,” says Anna Read, Registered Dental Hygienist at the Health Unit.  “Children and youth need to keep their teeth healthy for their overall health. That’s why we want everyone to Brush Up On The Facts!”

Fortunately, there are small steps that can be taken to help children avoid dental issues, such as limiting sugary snacks and drinks, and brushing their teeth for two minutes twice a day. It’s also important for children to visit a dental professional at least once a year to detect dental problems early. Children and youth living in families with low income may be eligible for free dental services through the Healthy Smiles Ontario program.

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