Dental Screening in Schools
- Health Unit dental staff visit all Perth County elementary schools throughout the year.
- The dental team consists of a Registered Dental Hygienist and a Dental Assistant.
- Statistical data is collected and forwarded to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care annually.
- This information allows the Health Unit to assess the dental needs of the community.
- All students in Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, and Grade Two will be surveyed each year and students in other grades will be screened in selected schools.
- Any parent who wishes their child to be screened at school should notify the school before the scheduled screening date.
Dental Health Clinics
Parents of young children who are not screened at school, may request a dental screening by calling the Perth District Health Unit for an appointment. If families cannot afford dental care, the dental health staff will inform them of available programs and services, such as Healthy Smiles Ontario.
Preventive services are offered to children and youth in Perth County who are identified through dental screening, such as:
- Cleaning of teeth such as scaling and polishing
- Dental sealants (plastic coating on the chewing surfaces of permanent molars to help prevent decay)
- Fluoride varnish
- Proper oral hygiene instruction (brushing and flossing)
These services are available by appointment only and are provided free to children whose families do not have dental insurance and cannot afford the cost of treatment.
To make a dental appointment, call 519-271-7600 or toll-free at 1-877-271-7348 extension 239 or extension 262.