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Dental Supports for Secondary Educators

Oral Health is an important component of overall health. Research shows that oral health problems can negatively affect general health and well-being and impact on school performance.

Oral health behaviours may change in the teen years, for example, consuming more sugary foods and drinks, brushing less frequently and using tobacco. The incidence of tooth decay in teen years is higher than many other age groups, especially in communities without fluoridation. Due to changes in hormonal levels teens often have an exaggerated response to plaque in the mouth and have more increased levels of gingivitis or more severe gingivitis.

Educators can play a vital role in helping students get reliable oral health information and access to oral health care.

SMDHU Programs
The health unit offers a variety of services to support dental health of students, including supports for students who are in need of financial support to access emergency or routine dental care.
Additional Resources
  • Youth Health in Simcoe Muskoka – This report highlights the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (2015) data and provides a local picture of the health status of youth in Simcoe Muskoka.
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