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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.

Canadian Dental Association: providing activities and teaching resources to promote the importance of oral health to students in a fun way. Parents and teachers are welcome to download and use this material.
The health unit offers a variety of services to support dental health of students, including dental screening and preventative services for eligible students by appointment at 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.
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