Dental/Oral Health Education
The purpose of the Dental Health Education Program is to promote good oral health to people of all ages. Dental health promotion is a community based program that works with communities to achieve optimal oral health
The Dental Health Educator is responsible for determining the oral health needs of communities and targeting appropriate education and programs to address these needs.
The Dental Health Educator promotes public awareness and knowledge of oral health topics such as:
- Fluoride P Fissure sealants
- Oral hygiene instruction P Oral products and dental tools
- Oral injury prevention P Space maintenance
- Tobacco products P Oral diseases/oral cancer
- Nutrition and oral health P Diabetes and oral health care
- Senior oral care/denture care P Dry mouth
Oral Health is an integral part of over-all health. Dental disease, one of the most common health problems in the world today, is almost totally preventable.
- Targeted visual oral screenings every 5 years.
- One-on-one counselling
- Oral hygiene skill development as needed
- Targeted classroom presentations,
- Oral health resource kits available for teachers to use
- Teacher workshops/in-services
- Brushing programs for special needs children or classes at high risk for decay
- Oral health as it relates to tobacco, drugs, oral piercing, eating disorders, diabetes, injury prevention, etc.
School-based Sealant and Fluoride Varnish Program
- Sealants are offered to all schools identified through previous dental screenings as having higher dental needs.
- Grades 1 and 7 students in these schools are eligible with parental consent.
- Grade 2 and Grade 8 students enrolled the previous year are followed up for retention checks and offered sealants on newly erupted teeth.
- Promotion of community water fluoridation, school-based fluoride mouthrinse programs, fluoride varnish programs for children ages 6 months to 5 years of age.
Infant Oral Health Programs
- Oral health information along with a toothbrush is provided to new parents at home visits and follow-up appointments at child health clinics.
- Lift the lip program provided by Public Health Nurses.
- Consultation with parents and families upon request.
- Individual referrals from health professionals.
- Interactive oral health kits for pre-natal and parenting classes.
- Oral health resource kits offered
- Fluoride varnish and screening programs offered in areas at high risk to decay
- Presentations available upon request
Seniors/Special Needs Program
- Presentations upon request
- Displays and consultations
- Caregiver in-services on all aspects of oral health
- oral cancer self-screening instruction
Consultation and resource information to individuals, groups and health professionals
Health Promotion/Public Education
Public awareness of oral health issues through printed material, healthy public policy, media, health fairs, displays, website etc.
Oral health resources:
- Fluoride Varnish Protects the Teeth
- Mouth Care for Denture Wearers
- Smokeless (Spit) Tobacco
- Your Teeth and Mouth Matter
- Dental Health Education – Teacher Resource for Kindergarten to Grade 5
- Breastfeeding and Oral Health
- Community Water Fluoridation
- Diabetes and Oral Health
- Dry Mouth
- Early Childhood Tooth Decay
- Fluoride Mouthrinse
- Flu Season and practicing good toothbrushing hygiene
Contact your local Dental Health Educator at 306.882.6413 ext 3 option 1 for more information.
Teachers click below for important educational resources regarding Dental health
Parent and Health Professional Resources
Here are some links to resource booklets that you can download off the site in PDF
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/alt_formats/pdf/pubs/oral-bucco/2009-smile-sourire/2009-smile-sourire-eng.pdf – SMILE – Healthy Teeth, Healthy Body Booklet PDF