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Children's Oral Health Initiative

The Children’s Oral Health Initiative (COHI) is a Health Canada program designed to prevent and control tooth decay and other oral diseases in young First Nations and Inuit Children.
COHI provides services to: 
  • Preschool children aged 0-4 and their caregivers
  • School children aged 5-7
  • Parents and caregivers of children aged 0-7
Services provided:
  • Dental screenings (assessment and referral as needed)
  • Fluoride varnish applications
  • Education and information regarding oral hygiene
  • Sealants
  • Interim stabilization technique (IST)
  • Oral health information sessions with parents/caregivers
Health unit staff offer COHI services in the following First Nations Communities:
  • Migisi Sahgaigan (Eagle Lake)
  • Dalles
  • Saugeen (Savant Lake)
  • Waabigoniiw Saaga'igniiw Anishinaabeg (Wabigoon)
  • Wabauskang (Ear Falls)
  • Lac Seul First Nations (Frenchmans Head, Keijick Bay, Whitefish Bay)
  • Mishkeegogaming First Nations (Osnaburgh First Nation)
  • North Caribou First Nations (Weagamow First Nation/Round Lake)​

To enroll your child in the COHI program, please complete the attached permission form and return to your community health representative or Northwestern Health Unit.

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