The Oral Health Team is made up of registered dental hygienists, certified dental assistants and a public health dental consultant. They deliver community and school based programs providing dental screenings, preventive programming and oral health presentations.
Public Health Dental Consultant
The public health dental consultant is a qualified dentist with a master’s degree in dental public health. He is responsible for planning, directing, and monitoring oral health programs offered by the health unit and acts a resource for Simcoe and Muskoka dentists in relation to dental public health. He also participates in administering the Children in Need of Treatment & Healthy Smiles Ontario programs, as well as the dental programs for children and adults through Ontario Works.
Clinical dentists work in the Healthy Smiles Ontario clinics in both our permament clinic at 80 Bradford Street Barrie as well as on our mobile dental clinic in various sites across Simcoe Muskoka. They provide dental treatment--including examinations, X-rays, fillings, extractions, dentures--to children and youth up to age 18 in the Children in Need of Treatment and Healthy Smiles Ontario programs and to adults with Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support programs.
Registered Dental Hygienists
Registered dental hygienists hold a diploma from a community college and are registered to perform dental hygiene in Ontario. If your child has had his or her teeth examined in school, the examination has been carried out by one of the health unit’s registered dental hygienists. Registered dental hygienists screen children for decay, and refer students needing urgent care to local dentists. They set up a “portable shop” complete with equipment and chair, to provide pit and fissure sealants, scaling and fluoride treatments as well as community presentations.
The registered dental hygienist in the Healthy Smiles Program promotes the program to community groups in Simcoe Muskoka. She screens families for eligibility for both the Healthy Smiles program and the Children in Need of Treatment Program. She provides clinical preventive services in both the permanent clinic in Barrie and in various sites across the district.
Certified Dental Assistants, Level 1
Certified dental assistants, Level 1 have post secondary school training. They work in a team with registered dental hygienists providing dental screening and preventive programming in schools as well as community presentations.
Certified Dental Assistants, Level 2
Certified dental assistants, Level 2 provide intra-oral preventive treatment to children and youth in our Healthy Smiles clinics. They assist the dentists and dental hygienists in clinic as well. They also provide reception duties in both the permanent clinic and the mobile dental clinic. They also have a commercial driver’s license which is required to drive the dental bus.