Huron County, ON – April is Oral Health Month, and the Huron County Health Unit encourages parents to help keep kids’ teeth healthy.
The Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry (OAPHD), along with public health units across Ontario, has launched the “Brush Up on the Facts: Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy” campaign. The campaign focuses on how dental health contributes to kids’ healthy growth and development. The campaign also highlights free dental programs and services available for eligible kids under the age of 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, it is more than just having a cavity,” says Trina O’Rourke, public health dental hygienist. “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 for both “baby teeth” and “adult teeth”.
Parents can also help their children avoid dental issues by limiting sugary snacks and drinks and helping them brush and floss properly.
Please visit huronhealthunit.ca or OAPHD.on.ca for more information and answers to your dental questions, including if your child is eligible for free dental care. You can also call the Health Unit at 519.482.3416 or 1.877.837.6143 or visit us on Facebook.