“Brush Up on the Facts” Campaign Urges Parents to Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy
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.
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 activities.
“When kids have dental pain” explains Chantal Sabourin, Program Manager, Oral Health, at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), “it is more than just having a cavity. Children need to keep their teeth healthy for their overall health. That's why we want everyone to Brush Up on the Facts to help keep kids’ teeth healthy!”
It is important for children to visit a dental professional regularly (at least annually) to prevent issues from starting. Get dental issues checked immediately regardless if they have "baby teeth" or "adult teeth". Fortunately, there are small steps that can be taken today to help children avoid dental issues such as limiting sugary snacks and drinks, helping them brush and floss properly, and contacting the EOHU for more information.
Please visit OAPHD.on.ca for more information and answers to all your dental questions, including if your child is eligible for free dental care. You can also call the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120 or check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/EOHUhealth.