The Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry (OAPHD), with the support of public health units across Ontario, have launched an awareness campaign called “Brush Up on the Facts: Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy” as part of National Oral Health Month.
The campaign promotes the positive impacts good oral health has on children and encourages parents to take their children to visit a dentist at least once a year, as well as establishing proper brushing and flossing routines.
“When kids have dental pain, it is more than just having a cavity,” said Tara Wincott, health promoter with Niagara Region Public Health, in a Region press release.
“Children need to keep their teeth healthy for their overall health,” she said, noting good oral health can affect a child's self-esteem and overall well-being.
Wincott said oral health can impact a child’s self-esteem, sense of well-being and overall health.
According to OAPHD, cavities are the leading cause of day surgery for children ages one to five.
Free dental programs and services are available to children under 17-years-old as part of Brush Up on the Facts campaign.
Visit OAPHD’s website about the provincial government’s Healthy Smiles program to see if your child is eligible.