York Region reminds residents to practice good oral hygiene
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York reminds residents of the importance of good oral health during National Oral Health Month this April and throughout the year.
A healthy mouth allows you to chew and swallow foods, drink easily and speak and smile with confidence. Untreated dental problems can lead to pain, infection, tooth loss and more serious health issues.
Follow these simple steps to good oral health:
• Brush twice and floss once a day
• Limit sugary foods and drinks
• Try to rinse with water after eating sugary or sticky foods
• Eat a healthy diet
• Replace your toothbrush if it is worn, frayed or after any illness
York Region offers a variety of dental services including annual in-school dental screening. In 2010, York Region Registered Dental Hygienists and Certified Dental Assistants conducted more than 48,000 dental screenings and identified over 6,700 children with urgent and non-urgent dental needs.
Other preventive services offered by York Region include scaling, dental sealants and fluoride treatments for eligible children aged 17 and under at Public Health Dental Clinics in the Towns of Markham, Newmarket and Richmond Hill. Eligibility requirements include families that cannot afford dental treatment and have no dental insurance.
Eligible children from low income families can also have regular, ongoing and urgent dental care through the province’s Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) and Children in Need of Treatment (CINOT) programs delivered through local public health units.
For more information on how to access no-cost dental services or to book an appointment at one of York Region’s dental clinics, please call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-252-9933 or visit www.york.ca/teeth
For more information on National Oral Health Month, please visit the Canadian Dental Association at www.cda-adc.ca
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Media Contact: Lisa Sposito, Community and Health Services, York Region
1-877-464-9675, ext. 4106 • After-Hours Cell: 905-955-2533 • email@example.com