November 08, 2013
Community Dental Services Report
Public Health helped more than 2,300 families access free or low-cost dental treatment from 2011-2013.
A new bi-annual report released by Oxford County Public Health’s Community Dental Services team shows that the program has helped more than 2,300 families receive preventative dental treatment since opening its doors in 2010. The report also highlights all the programs offered through Public Health as well as findings and statistics of dental screening programs for children across the County. View the full dental report online.
It is estimated that roughly one-third of Oxford County residents do not have a dental plan and for some it can be a struggle to pay for basic dental care. The Community Dental Services team offers programs that can help those who do not have dental insurance or a dentist.
Each year, Public Health visits 42 schools and has screened over 13,000 school children for cavities or other oral health issues and recommends treatment and/or provides assistance with ensuring a child has access to treatment.
Public Health also administers the local Healthy Smiles Ontario program that is funded by the Government of Ontario. Healthy Smiles Ontario provides no cost treatment to families whose net income is less than $20,000 for treatments like check-ups, x-rays, cleanings, fillings, removals and root canals.
To see if your family qualifies for Healthy Smiles Ontario or to inquire about other dental service programs offered by Public Health, visit www.oxfordcounty.ca/dental.
In 2012 the dental health team visited 6 County child care centres and screened 196 children in Woodstock, Beachville, Ingersoll and Tillsonburg.
- Public Health provides free dental screenings to infants and preschoolers every year.
- Services provided on-site at the Community Dental Services clinic include dental assessments, scaling, polishing, fluoride treatments and other preventative services.
- Since its opening, the clinic has seen over 2,000 patients.
- There were 546 new patients at the Community Dental Services clinic in 2012 from ages 0-81.
- Enrollment in the Healthy Smiles Ontario program has increased since 2010. There are over 200 Oxford County residents currently enrolled in the program from Oxford County.
- Future goals of the dental services program are to improve oral health promotion and education for children and to reduce surgical treatment in young children through proper education and access to preventative dental care.
Melissa Poulin | Communication Advisor
519.539.9800, ext. 3505 | email@example.com
OXFORD COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH & EMERGENCY SERVICES works to keep people in our community healthy and safe through programs in prevention, protection and emergency response. Services include family health, immunization, dental health, infectious disease prevention, sexual health, public health inspection, environmental health, healthy lifestyles, emergency services, emergency planning, and other programs that support healthy people living in a healthy environment. Public Health & Emergency Services is part of the County of Oxford. For more information, visit www.oxfordcounty.ca/health or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/oxfordcountypublichealth.