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Brush up on the facts and help keep kids’ teeth healthy

Oral Health Month focuses on the impact dental health has on kids’ healthy growth and development
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NEWS RELEASE
SIMCOE MUSKOKA DISTRICT HEALTH UNIT
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The 'Brush Up on the Facts: Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy' campaign for April’s Oral Health Month 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.

The campaign, launched by the Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry (OAPHD), along with public health units across Ontario, including the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU), aims to raise awareness that good oral health is important for a child’s overall health, self-esteem, and sense of well-being.

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 Heather Murray, manager of the Oral Health program at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, “it’s 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’s important for children to visit a dental professional regularly (at least annually) to prevent issues from starting. Children with dental issues should be 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 SMDHU for more information.

Visit this www.oaphd.on.ca/index.php/brush-up-on-the-facts or this site for more information and answers to all of your dental questions, including if your child is eligible for free dental care, or call Health Connection weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.

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