Public Health recommends that all residents brush their teeth twice daily for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste to prevent cavities.
Oral health is important for overall health. Dental cavities are the most common chronic disease of children ages 5 to 18.
Untreated tooth decay can lead to pain and infection, which may result in problems with eating, speaking and learning.
Fluoride is not added to tap water in Niagara. Talk to your dentist about fluoride treatments, such as fluoride varnish application.
All family members should visit the dentist twice a year (before age one). Free dental programs are available for children and youth 17 years and and younger.
Public Health does not have adult dental programs. Find cost effective adult dental services.
Children should have their teeth brushed by an adult, using a rice grain sized portion of fluoride toothpaste until the child can spit out.
Once a child can spit out, they should be supervised using no more than a pea sized portion of fluoride toothpaste.
Learn more about a healthy diet with Canada's Food Guide.
For more information or to book an appointment, call the Dental Health Line at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7399.