Oral health is important for overall health and well-being. Left untreated, dental problems can lead to pain, difficulty chewing, serious infection, and more. Poor oral health and in particular, gum disease, has been linked to diabetes, respiratory diseases and perhaps heart disease.
Poor oral health can also impact upon a person's quality of life. Dental pain, missing teeth or infections can affect the way a person speaks, eats and socializes. When children or adults have untreated dental problems, it can often lead to poor self-esteem, social isolation or stigma, difficulty sleeping, diet changes and the avoidance of some activities.
In fact, everything that happens in your mouth affects your whole body, which is why regular dental care is so important.
Residents of Simcoe Muskoka who are on publically-funded dental care programs can access care at our Barrie and Gravenhurst clinics, as well as through our Healthy Smiles Ontario mobile bus that visits communities throughout our region. These programs include:
- Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) – children and youth age 17 or younger
- Ontario Works Adult Emergency Dental Program (OW Adult)
- Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
- Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB)
- Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP)
The clinics provide preventive, routine or emergency care depending on the services the client is covered for.