What resources exist for schools regarding oral health?
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Every year, registered dental hygienists and dental assistants from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit visit all publicly-funded (and some privately-funded) elementary schools in Windsor and Essex County to screen all Junior (JK) and Senior (SK) Kindergarten, and Grade 2 students. Additional students from other grades may be screened, based on the previous year’s dental screening results of Grade 2 students.
School dental screenings do not replace regular dental checkups by a licensed dental professional.
Children who are experiencing dental pain don’t have to wait for school screening. Virtual dental screening is now available at our offices for children 17 and under, for eligible children and youth 17 and under. WECHU staff also help families apply to the Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) program.
Call us to book an appointment for your child using a video chat program or an in-person appointment at one of the WECHU’s oral health clinics. Our Leamington office is open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Our Windsor office is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. For more information on the oral health services we provide or to book an appointment for your child’s free oral health screening, call our Oral Health Hotline at 519-258-2146 ext. 1199 or visit wechu.org/your-health/dental.
Most dental health conditions are largely preventable by establishing good dental habits early. Education on these habits is critical to developing these habits. Below you will find resources to support you in providing oral health education.