If it seems that the idea of proper and regular dental maintenance is something we stress heavily, you are indeed correct! At the risk of sounding redundant, our mission is to ensure that everyone knows the value of regular brushing, flossing, rinsing and how practicing the proper techniques when doing so. Making sure to regularly visit your Ottawa dentist for check ups and cleanings is also very important and to the benefit of the individual. Creating awareness is where we start, but actions help make things happen.
Unfortunately there are particular groups that are sometimes at a disadvantage when it comes to receiving the best dental care. Fortunately however, there are programs in place that are taking action to make those problems a thing of the past. “The oral health program started in 2013 in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada and the Government of Nunavut. It offers free exams and fluoride treatment for any children in the territory up to eight years old. ‘We’re not trying to do anything heroic. We’re not trying to do anything aesthetic. Our aim is to make sure kids aren’t in pain and that they have no active infection in their mouths. It’s not a lofty goal but if we could accomplish that for every child age zero to eight in Nunavut that would be a huge step forward,’ Kelly said. Kids leave with a package of toothpaste and a toothbrush for them and one for their parents.
The Government of Nunavut recently spent around $22,000 purchasing 43,000 toothbrushes in part for the program, the vast majority for infants and young children.”
This is a great example of being proactive and making things better for people. Here’s to hoping that all major dental issues soon become a thing of the past for everyone!