Limit the amounts of sweets and maintain good oral health
NEWMARKET - While celebrating the holidays with sweet food and drinks, The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents to follow good oral health practices.
Oral health is an important part of overall health. Stay healthy this season by following these tips:
• Limit sugary foods and drinks ??" moderation is key
• Try to consume sugar-sweetened beverages at mealtimes only and use a straw to help keep sugars and acids away from teeth
• Try to rinse with water after eating sugary or sticky foods
• Watch out for hidden sugars in foods such as ketchup or cereal
• Brush twice and floss once a day
• Eat a healthy diet when possible
• Replace your toothbrush if worn or frayed and after any illness, including cold and flu
A healthy mouth allows you to chew and swallow foods and drinks easily and to speak and smile with confidence. To keep gums and teeth healthy, it is recommended that a dental professional is seen at least once a year. Untreated dental problems can lead to pain, infection, tooth loss and more serious health issues.
York Region provides dental programs and services at no cost to eligible children age 17 and under whose families cannot afford dental treatment and have no dental insurance. Dental screening is provided in all elementary schools for select grades during the school year and is also offered at the Public Health Dental Clinics. Preventive services such as scaling, pit and fissure sealants and fluoride treatments may be offered to eligible children. Services are by appointment only.
Eligible children from low income families can also have regular, ongoing and urgent dental care through the province’s Healthy Smiles Ontario and the Children in Need of Treatment (CINOT) programs which are delivered through local public health units.
For more information on how to access any of the dental services or to book an appointment at one of York Region’s Public Health dental clinics, located in the Town of Markham, Newmarket and Richmond Hill, please contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933 and ask to speak with a Registered Dental Hygienist or visit www.york.ca/teeth
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