Dental Screening

Dental screening is available to all children in Niagara from birth up to 17 years of age, and is done in accordance with the Ontario Public Health Standards.

Our community dental health programs are designed to support and encourage your efforts to provide the best dental health for your children.

In-School Screenings

Dental screenings are provided annually to children in selected grades in all elementary schools in Niagara.

  • Screenings are done by registered dental hygienists from public health
  • Sterilized mouth mirrors are used for each student
  • You will be notified by telephone or mail should your child require urgent dental care or preventive dental service

Dental screenings are visual assessments only and do not replace your child's regular dental examination with a dentist.

Participation is Optional

Every year, all parents with children in elementary schools receive a letter indicating if their child's grade is scheduled to participate this year.

Contact our dental program at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7962, if you want to:

  • Opt-out: Your child's grade is participating, but you wish your child to not participate (you must let us know every year)
  • Opt-in: Your child's grade is not participating, but you wish your child to participate

If your child has a dental problem (cavities, pain or infection), call the dental program to make an appointment. You do not have to wait for the school screening visit.

Dental Health Clinics in your Neighbourhood

Parents of children who are not screened at school may request dental screening at one of our dental health clinics.

Dental financial assistance is available through the Healthy Smiles Ontario program.


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