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March 31, 2017
Public Health is helping students with their “smiley” for Oral Health Month
Free oral health screenings for high school students across Oxford County

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things a person can do for their teeth and gums. April is Oral Health Month and Oxford County Public Health is asking residents and high school students – have you visited the dentist lately?

As part of a healthy lifestyle and to help reduce the risk of oral disease, Oxford County Public Health is sharing three tips for good oral health:

  • Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
  • Visit the dentist regularly, of often as they recommend

Oral Health Month marks the start of Oxford County Public Health’s 2017 Smile Campaign at local high schools. Beginning April 5 and extending throughout the month of April, Public Health dental hygienists will be visiting secondary schools to raise awareness about the importance of oral health through the Smile Month campaign and to provide free dentals screenings to students.

New this year, students will have a chance to be entered into a random draw for prizes by sharing their “smiley” on Snapchat with Oxford County (Snapchat username: Oxford_County) and their friends using the Smile Month geofilter that will be available over the lunch hour at the schools during Public Health’s Smile Month visit. Students who also attend a free dental screening will receive an additional entry into the contest.

To kick off the campaign this year, the “What the Health?” youth health promotion team will be at St. Mary’s Secondary School in Woodstock over the lunch hour. They will be promoting the Smile Month campaign, while hosting some interactive activities to provide the students with information about good oral health, as well as the impact of tobacco on oral health.

Local media members are invited to the launch Oral Health Month and the 2017 Smile Campaign.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


St. Mary’s Secondary School
431 Julianna Drive
Woodstock, ON

Photo and interview opportunities will be available.

Additionally, residents who visit the Dental Health Clinic from April 10 to April 14 can participate in a “Smile Drive” by bringing their old toothbrush to exchange for a brand new one!

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Snapchat: Oxford_County

About What the Health?

An Oxford County Public Health Initiative. What the Health? is a youth-led movement in Oxford County to generate awareness about health issues that matter to youth. With a focus on tobacco-related issues, our goal is to help you make informed decisions about your health and wellbeing and to join the movement!

About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to becoming a zero waste community and achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at


Jenn Austin | Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800, ext. 3505 |  

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