Proper dental health is crucial for maintaining a bright healthy smile and for good overall health as well. The cleaner you keep your teeth and gums, the better off you’ll be. Establishing these good habits at a young age is the best way to get on the right track.
A new provincial dental plan aimed at children will help to improve access and dental care for this important demographic. “The Ontario government has expanded its dental program for children and youth under 17. The new Healthy Smiles Ontario, administered locally by Algoma Public Health, lumps together the Children in Need of Treatment program, the former Healthy Smiles Ontario plan and preventative oral health services provided by public health units, said Natalie Carriere, a registered dental hygienist with APH. Clients automatically enrolled in the new program already benefit from Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support and Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities programs. Children not enrolled in the plan, which took effect Jan. 1, can have coverage in as little as 15 minutes through APH, in the event of dental emergencies, said Carriere.“The new program’s aim is to improve access to oral health services to children and youth through streamlining registration, eligibility, enrolment and administration.”
With increased access to dental care for Ontario youth, they are set on a path toward prolonged dental health.