Good oral health contributes positively to your physical, mental and social well-being by allowing you to speak, eat and socialize without pain, discomfort or embarrassment.
Oral health and you
There are many factors that contribute to oral health such as, the foods we eat; proper brushing and flossing; age; tobacco and alcohol use; mouth jewelry; and the participation in oral sex.
Oral health for children and youth
We offer programs and services to children under the age of 18. These services include:
- oral health assessments and screenings
- preventive dental services that may include fluoride varnish, scaling, polish, pit and fissure sealants, and oral hygiene instruction for all clients or those who qualify
- financial assistance programs for children and youth who do not have the financial means to receive dental care on a routine basis
The Canadian Dental Association and Public Health Sudbury & Districts both recommend that infants have their first oral check up by one year of age. Your baby’s first dental visit gives them the best start to good oral health. As your child grows, we encourage you to use the oral health screening tool for infants and toddlers to help you monitor your child’s dental development.
Oral health for seniors
We offer programs and services to seniors 65 years of age and over. These services include:
- examinations and assessments
- preventive services
- restorative services to repair broken teeth and cavities
- oral surgery services to remove teeth or abnormal tissue
- endodontic services to treat infection and pain
- periodontal services to treat gum conditions and diseases
- prosthetic services, including dentures (some of these services may have a fee)
- financial assistance programs for seniors who do not have the financial means to receive dental care on a routine basis
SmileCare is a tooth brushing program that is used in some child care facilities in Greater Sudbury. The goal of the program is to reduce the rate of early childhood tooth decay in preschool aged children. For more information about the program or how to implement the program in your child care facility, contact us at 705.522.9200, ext. 236.
Oral health and your community: water fluoridation
Public Health Sudbury & Districts and its provincial association, the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa), support water fluoridation.Fluoridated water means that everyone in the community can benefit from the protection, regardless of factors such as income, age, residence, or education. Here are a few popular questions and answers on water fluoridation to provide information about its benefits to our community.
The Grade 1 Smilecare resource (7MB) assists the educator with the delivery of classroom plans and activities geared to oral health. A Public Health staff member can provide support with curriculum pieces and answer any questions regarding oral health.
There are additional curriculum resources on the Halton Region Website.
This item was last modified on November 20, 2019