The Northwestern Health Unit provides dental services to children in schools, child care centres, and other settings in our communities.
The health unit offers school screening to all children up to 17 years of age. Parents are notified if their child has an urgent dental problem or if preventive services are recommended. Screening consists of a visual inspection by a registered dental hygienist to identify obvious dental conditions that are causing or will cause pain.
Free preventive services are offered in schools. These services include: teeth cleaning, fluoride application, and sealants. To notify parents that preventive services are being offered, a note is sent home from school with each child. Informed parental consent is required for these services along with a completed Dental Medical History Questionnaire.
Preschool fluoride varnish
The health unit also offers free fluoride varnish application to preschool children and children attending local child care centres. Parents must return a signed consent form to allow their child to receive the free service at the child care centre.
Find out if free dental care is available for your children.
The health unit will visit your classroom or child care centre, provide supplies, and help set up a tooth brushing program to help children get the benefits of brushing twice a day. Contact your local health unit office for more information about toothbrush programs.
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