Cornwall Ontario – The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is reminding the public about Healthy Smiles Ontario. The program offers free preventive, routine, and emergency dental services to children and youth aged 17 and under from low-income households.
The government-funded program includes regular visits to a licensed dental provider and covers the cost of treatment including check-ups, cleaning, cavity fillings, x-rays, scaling, tooth extraction and urgent or emergency dental care, Regularly going to the dentist will ensure children don’t suffer from painful cavities and gum disease that can lead to serious infections and affect the growth of adult teeth.
“Pain caused by oral health problems can cause loss of sleep and affect a child’s ability to eat,” states Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU, adding that “it can also affect their ability to learn and attend school.”
Children and youth are eligible for the program if they’re aged 17 and under, live in Ontario, and come from a household that meets the program’s income eligibility requirements. For more information about Healthy Smiles Ontario, contact the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or at 1 800 267-7120 and ask for Health Line.