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Dental Health Resources for Elementary Educators

In children tooth loss can affect school performance, and poor oral health can lead to reduced quality of life, infections and discomfort. Oral health problems account for lost school days, restricted activity days, and can interfere with a student’s ability to concentrate and learn in the classroom.

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

Oral Health Education Guides (via Halton Region) – for Grades 1 to 8. This tool links oral health education and resources to applicable learning blocks and strands found in The Ontario Curriculum.
  • "2 For 2 is What You Do" Colouring Sheet (PDF) – suggested for Kindergarten to Grade 3. This colouring sheet can be used to support educating students about making healthy choices and encouraging good oral health by brushing their teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time
  • "2 For 2" Song – suggested for Kindergarten to Grade 3. Use these audio files to engage students in learning about healthy choices and encouraging students to maintain good oral health. Available for download in Windows Media Player, MP3, and/or Realplayer file format.
  • Keeping Kids Teeth Healthy - website with tips, information and resources pertaining to children's oral health.
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  • The health unit offers a variety of services to support dental health of students, including dental screening and preventive clinics for eligible children in selected elementary schools and health unit offices. The Healthy Smiles Ontario program provides no cost dental care for children up to and including age 17 to access emergency or essential dental care.
  • Request for service - based on resources Oral Health staff may be available to provide on-site dental education for students upon request.

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