Dental screening is available to all children in Niagara from birth up to 17 years of age, and is done in accordance with the Ontario Public Health Standards.
Our community dental health programs are designed to support and encourage your efforts to provide the best dental health for your children.
Dental screenings are provided annually to children in select grades in all elementary schools in Niagara.
Dental screenings are visual assessments only and do not replace your child's regular dental examination with a dentist.
If the dental team identifies any urgent concerns during your child's screening, you'll receive a "Healthy Smiles Ontario - Parent Notification Form". Watch this video to learn how to complete the form.
Every year, all parents with children in elementary schools receive a letter indicating if their child's grade is scheduled to participate this year.
If your child has a dental problem (cavities, pain or infection), call the dental program to make an appointment. You do not have to wait for the school screening visit.
Our dental staff are in a position to provide education, guidance, and motivation to help your students establish positive oral health habits.
Our presentations will teach oral health, as it links oral health education and resources to learning blocks and strands found in the Ontario Curriculum, grades 1-8.
Parents of children who are not screened at school may request a dental screening at one of our dental health clinics.
Dental financial assistance is available through the Healthy Smiles Ontario program.