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School Health Reference Guide

DENTAL HEALTH

The Region of Peel School Health Reference Guide is a supplementary resource to relevant Peel and Dufferin-Peel school board policies. Refer to school board policy first if you have questions or concerns.

As of January 1, 2016, Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) and Children In Need Of Treatment (CINOT) will be changing into a new integrated program for children. This change will provide seamless enrolment and make it easier for children and youth to get free dental care.

Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) Program

Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) is a program for children under 18 years old who do not have access to any form of dental coverage. If eligible, your children will get regular free dental services.

Children In Need of Treatment (CINOT) Program

The CINOT Program offers free dental treatment for eligible children under 18 years of age who are in need of urgent dental care.

To access the CINOT Program, children must be screened either at their elementary school or a Peel Public Health Dental Screening Clinic to determine if they are eligible for dental services.

Peel Public Health School Dental Screening

Peel Public Health provides dental screening in Peel elementary schools as required by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

A Peel Public Health registered dental hygienist and certified dental assistant provide FREE dental screening to select grades in Peel elementary schools throughout the school year.

What is a dental screening?
  • A dental screening is a quick look inside the child’s mouth.
  • A separate, sterilized mouth mirror is used for each child.
  • If the parent does not have a dental plan and cannot afford to take the child to the dentist, the child may be eligible for free dental care.
  • A dental screening does not replace regular dental visits.
  • If the parent DOES NOT wish to have their child participate in the FREE dental screening, they can fill in the School Screening Exemption form (which will be given out by the child’s teacher), and give the completed form to the child’s teacher prior to the screening date.
Peel Public Health Dental Screening Clinics

The Peel Public Health Dental Screening Clinics provide dental screening to children who:

  • are not screened in their elementary school
  • are not yet in elementary school (i.e. preschoolers)
  • missed their elementary school dental screening
  • are in high school, or out of school and under 18 years of age

Refer family to Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 to book an appointment for a dental screening, if you are concerned about the dental health of a student who is in a grade that is not being screened, or if your school is not scheduled for a dental screening in the near future.

Peel Public Health Preventive Dental Clinics

Peel Public Health offers preventive dental services to children who first receive a dental screening to determine if they are eligible. These services include:

  • Fluoride
  • Sealants
  • Cleanings
Elementary School Dental Screening

Peel Public Health dental hygienists provide dental screening (visual check of the child's mouth) to select grades in Peel elementary schools throughout the school year.

A Peel Public Health dental hygienist will contact your school before the scheduled screening and will indicate the grades and date for the dental screening.

Teacher’s Dental Education Resource Kits

Peel Public Health offers two versions of "Keeping Smiles Bright in Peel: A Teacher’s Dental Education Resource Kit."

Target Audiences

  • Keeping Smiles Bright in Peel: Series 1 is designed for children in Kindergarten and grade 1.
  • Keeping Smiles Bright in Peel: Series 2 is designed for children in grades 2 and 3.

Kit Materials

Each Keeping Smiles Bright in Peel teacher’s kit includes:

  • A binder of curriculum-driven lesson plans
  • Activity sheets
  • Storybooks
  • Song CD
  • Teeth and brush model
  • Various hands-on tools

Call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 to find out where to sign out a kit.

Dental Educators

Dental educators are available to provide consultative services to teachers who would like to prepare a dental health lesson and/or learn about using the Keeping Smiles Bright in Peel dental education resource kits.


For more information call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 or visit peelregion.ca/dental.
 

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Revised: Wednesday January 06 2016