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Dental Health: School Age (4-12)

Proper oral health and care is a very important part of the overall well-being of school age children.  It includes good oral hygiene habits by the child, with the help of a parent, a healthy diet, as well as access to preventive dental treatment by an oral health professional.  

Good oral hygiene habits should start as early as possible and will need to be changed as a child grows and becomes more independent.  Children learn by example, therefore seeing their parents practice good oral hygiene, including regular brushing and flossing will help them practice the same habits.

The Oral Health Team at the Middlesex-London Health Unit provides dental screenings in all elementary schools in Middlesex-London.  After the screening, the team offers help to parents in getting treatment for children with visible dental needs.  For families who do not have dental coverage and would find it a financial hardship to pay for dental care, the Health Unit can help by making available no /low cost dental programs to children who qualify.

In this section, you will learn some helpful tips on healthy lunches for your school age children.  Read about healthy foods and drinks to put in your children’s lunches, keeping lunches safe, being creative and making sure foods brought to school are peanut and nut free.

School age children may be involved in many different physical activities, including playing sports in organized leagues.  It is very important that a child’s teeth are always protected with a mouth guard while engaged in these activities.  Learn about the different types of mouth guards available and which are the most and least effective.

 
Date of creation: February 12, 2013
Last modified on: August 16, 2013