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Dental Health

Dental health, also called oral health, is an important part of overall health and affects quality of life. The World Health Organization (2012) defines oral health as “the state of being free from mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychosocial wellbeing.”

Important Notice

Changes to dental programs in Ontario

As of January 1, 2016, the following 6 publicly funded dental programs will be combined into the new Healthy Smiles Ontario program. For more information and details, please visit ontario.ca/healthysmiles or call the Middlesex-London Health Unit at 519 663-5317 ext. 2231.

  • Dental benefits for children under Ontario Works
  • Dental benefits for children under the Ontario Disability Support Program
  • Dental benefits for children under the Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities program
  • The Children In Need Of Treatment program
  • The Healthy Smiles Ontario program
  • Preventive oral health services provided by local public health units

The mouth is both a gateway and mirror of your body's overall health

Did you know? The mouth is both a gateway and mirror of your body's overall health. Research shows that dental diseases like cavities, gum disease and oral cancer may be linked to other health problems. Brushing and flossing everyday  and visiting your dental professional regularly is very important to your overall health.

Please note: The oral health care tips found on our website are intended for informational use and do not replace the professional care and advice of your dentist. If you have a question or concern about your oral health, please talk to your dentist.

Date of creation: February 11, 2013
Last modified on: December 18, 2015

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1World Health Organization. Oral health, Fact sheet N°318 Retrieved from