Oral Health

Maintaining good oral health is part of a child’s healthy growth and development. Teaching students about routine oral hygiene (brushing and flossing), healthy eating and the importance of professional dental care will help children develop good oral health behaviours at a young age.

Remember: 2 for 2 is what you do! Brush 2 times a day for 2 minutes to keep your teeth healthy.

The following resources can be used by teachers in the classroom or to support school initiatives. For questions, call our Dental Line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2661 to speak with a dental health professional.

Recommended websites

Canadian Dental Hygienist Association

Information to help children learn about good oral health.

Ontario Dental Association 

Information on many topics such as healthy snacking and nutrition.

Oral Health Education Guide – Halton Region

Search “oral health education guide” at halton.ca for resources, fact sheets and games that support several curriculum subjects. Grades 1-8.

Oral health resources

Our team has two interactive kits developed for schools. These oral health kits are only available to loan from a Public Health office. To book a kit, call the Dental Line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2661.

How Much Sugar? (Kit)

This kit encourages students to compare the amount of sugar in foods they commonly eat, and to better understand how much sugar they might be eating in one day. The kit includes food samples and corresponding tubes of sugar. For Grades 2 and up.

Re-think Your Drink (Kit)

Help children learn about sugar in everyday drinks. This kit challenges students to re-think their beverage choices by teaching them about how the amount of sugar eaten affects health. Includes lesson plans and interactive activities. For Grades 3 and up.

We also have a Monthly Brushing Chart (PDF, 1 page, 100 KB) that you can download and print for your students to encourage them to brush twice a day.

Community programs

Our oral health team provides a variety of dental programs in the community:

For more information about our dental programs visit our Dental Health web page or call our Dental Line at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 2661.