April 09, 2018
Brush up on the facts!
Campaign urges parents to keep kids’ teeth healthy
Good oral health is vital to a child’s self-esteem, sense of well-being and overall health. This April, Oxford County Public Health, along with the Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry (OAPHD) and other public health units in Ontario, will mark Oral Health Month by encouraging parents to “brush up on the facts” to keep kids’ teeth healthy.
When kids have dental pain, the problem is bigger than just tooth decay. Cavities are not only painful, but they can also impact a child’s ability to chew foods properly and may affect their ability to pay attention at school and enjoy activities. As a result, dental pain can cause missed school and may lead to problems sleeping, concentrating and learning. Good oral health is integral to overall health.
To maintain a healthy smile, children should visit a dental professional regularly (at least annually) to prevent issues from starting. Limit sugary snacks and drinks, and help children brush and floss properly. If your child is experiencing dental pain, have it checked immediately. It doesn’t matter if your child is feeling pain in “baby teeth” or “adult teeth.”
Roughly one-third of all Oxford County residents don’t have dental benefits. For some families, it can be a struggle to pay for basic dental care, or even emergency dental care for children. Help is available. To find out if your child is eligible for free preventative, routine and emergency dental services, please visit www.oxfordcounty.ca/dental or www.oaphd.on.ca. You can also call Community Dental Services at 519-539-9800, ext. 3510, or toll-free at 1-800-755-0394.
Quick facts (and/or Background)
- Oxford County Public Health offers oral health education to school-age children and youth and, through support from the Government of Ontario, basic and emergency dental care to children in need.
- Public health dental hygienists screen more than 5,000 school children between kindergarten and grade eight every year for cavities and other oral health issues.
- Oxford County Public Health also offers dental screening for infants and toddlers
- Mobile dental clinics are available to those living in the Tillsonburg area who cannot travel to Woodstock.
Social media and online content
Twitter: Oxford County
Facebook: Oxford County Public Health
About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
Donna Kemp | Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800, ext. 3158 | firstname.lastname@example.org