Healthy Smiles Ontario
Healthy Smiles Ontario is a new, no cost dental program for children 17 and under who do not have access to any dental coverage and who meet the program’s eligibility requirements.
The program covers regular visits to a licensed dental care provider, such as a dentist or dental hygienist, to establish and maintain good oral health. It covers a full range of dental services including check-ups, cleaning, fillings, x-rays, scaling and more.
It does not cover cosmetic dentistry (such as teeth whitening), orthodontics (such as braces) or urgent/emergency dental services. However, an urgent or emergency oral health issue for kids 17 and under may be covered through the “Children in Need of Treatment Program” (CINOT) offered by the health unit.
Children eligible for the Healthy Smiles Ontario program may receive care through participating dental care providers. We are pleased to offer a new full service clinic that is now open in Barrie as well as a mobile clinic that visits local communities throughout the year. For appointment information call 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.
To find out more about the program, the eligibility requirements, the application process and the documents required to verify eligibility, people can call the ServiceOntario INFOline toll-free at 1-866-532-3161 (TTY toll-free at 1-800-387-5559), visit www.ontario.ca/healthysmiles or call Your Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.
Packing a healthy school lunch
A school lunch should give children the energy and nutrients they need to
get them through an active afternoon. When planning lunches keep these tips in mind:
- Include at least one serving from each food group from Canada‘s Food Guide
- Rather than buying pre-made lunch kits, make your own healthy “lunch kit” with divided containers and small ‘bite-sized” crackers, cheese cubes, left over chicken chunks, veggie sticks or fruit slices
- Get your kids to eat more veggies…send cucumber coins, zucchini sticks and pepper strips with dip
- Don’t drink your fruit…send water instead. Save the 100% fruit juice for home
For more information you can call Your Health Connection at 721-7520 or 1-877-721-5720 and speak with a public health nurse or click on the health unit website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.
Encourage Good Eating Habits
Good eating habits are important for your child’s overall health and for strong, healthy teeth. Keep these tips in mind:
follow Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide when planning meals for children
encourage your child to choose healthy snacks, and discuss their choices. Teeth-friendly snacks include fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese, crackers, popcorn, nuts, and yoghurt. Snacks high in sugar or starch can cause cavities especially if eaten often and left to stay on the teeth. Raisins or other dried fruit, rice marshmallow squares, cookies, chips, granola bars, and fruit roll ups are best eaten as desserts rather than snacks
offer plain water for thirst between meals. Drinking juice and soft drinks often during the day can cause cavities
sweets may be offered occasionally-just be sure the teeth are brushed twice a day
It’s important for children and adults alike to eat a well-balanced diet and avoid excessive snacking between meals-especially sticky, sweet things. You can encourage your child’s good eating habits by giving them a good example to follow.
For more information you can speak one-to-one with a health professional, call your Health Connection at (705) 721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.