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Oral Health Screening in Schools

Halton Region's Public Health Department provides a dental screening to students in elementary schools to identify oral health problems.

Important information regarding Halton Public Health school programs

  • Until further notice, Halton Region Public Health has temporarily suspended all school health programs. This includes:
    • cancellation of suspensions and enforcement related to the Immunization of School Pupils Act (ISPA) for children born in 2010-2012;
    • vaccine education sessions for parents and guardians;
    • immunization and oral health clinics; and
    • school health promotion activities performed by public health nurses.
  • Please check back regularly for updates.
  • Parents can request a free tele-screening appointment on the phone or on Zoom with a public health Registered Dental Hygienist to assess their child’s oral health (and eligibility for the Healthy Smiles Ontario program) by calling 311.

What is an oral health screening?

Registered Dental Hygienists from the Halton Region Health Department provide a free dental screening for children in selected grades at all publicly funded Halton elementary schools. The Ontario Public Health Standards require health units to conduct this screening annually to identify children who are in need of dental treatment.

What happens during the oral health screening?

The Registered Dental Hygienist will take a quick look in your child’s mouth with a sterilized mirror. Parents will be notified of obvious dental problems and/or recommendations for preventive care. A dental screening is a visual assessment only and does not replace your child’s regular dental visit with a dental provider.

How will I know if my child will be screened?

If your child is in a selected grade to be screened, you will be notified by a letter or email from your child’s school. If you would like to opt out of this screening, instructions to decline are included in the letter. If your child needs dental care and you can’t afford it, you do not have to wait for the school screening. Please call 311 and ask for the Oral Health Program.