May 10, 2014 is Ontario Prescription Medications Drop-off Day. Bring your unused or expired medications to one of the following locations:
Shoppers Drug Mart
Guelph Police Services
Rexall Pharma Plus
Wellington County OPP
It’s easy, it’s free, it’s anonymous, and it could save a life.
Thank you for your help in protecting our community. Visit WGDrugStrategy.ca for more information.
Warmer spring temperatures may create conditions for flooding. Watch or listen to local news for potential flood watches or warnings in your area.
Both flooding and resulting power failures may make your food unsafe to eat.
Flood water can carry dirt, raw sewage, oil, or chemical waste. Any food that comes into contact with flood water should be thrown out.
If your food establishment/ business is flooded, call us at 1-800-265-7293 to seek assistance. A flood-damaged food premise cannot re-open until the public health inspector gives permission in writing.
What is measles?
- Measles Fact Sheet (PDF, 2 pages)
The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but the mouth is a gateway to the rest of the body. While many of us think that the worst outcome of poor dental hygiene is tooth loss, research now shows a direct link between oral health and your overall well-being.
April is National Oral Health Month so talk with your dentist or dental hygienist about why oral health is so important to overall health.
Nutrition and oral health tips for parents
We don’t often associate cavities and gum disease with our little ones, but these problems can begin very early. About 19,000 children in Canada under the age of 6 undergo surgery each year to treat dental decay.
Reduce the risks by teaching your children good oral hygiene. Follow these tips for kids of all ages.
Get snack smart:
- Limit the number of times a day your child eats or drinks sugars
- Avoid sugary treats that stay in the mouth for a long time like hard candy or lollipops
- Avoid soft, sticky sweets that get stuck in your child’s teeth
- Serve sweets for dessert while there is still plenty of saliva in your child’s mouth to wash away the sugars
- Serve juice and milk only during mealtimes
- Wipe baby’s mouth and gums with a clean, wet cloth or piece of gauze after feeding
- Avoid juice and other sweetened drinks before bed
- Avoid transfer of your saliva onto items used by baby, including cups (you can pass on cavity-causing bacteria)
- Rinse baby’s mouth with water immediately after giving liquid medication
- Check for early warning signs by lifting up baby’s top lip. White, chalky teeth or brown or black stained teeth indicate a problem. Contact your dental professional immediately.
- Begin regular dental visits by age one
Children up to 3 years
When the first tooth appears:
- Gently clean with a soft baby toothbrush
- Use training toothpaste (which does not contain fluoride) until the child can spit, usually around age 3
- Continue to help your child brush until the age of 9
Children ages 3–6
- Help your little ones to brush their teeth twice a day, using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
- Show them how to brush every tooth surface and their tongue, and make sure that they spit out the toothpaste when they are done.
Children ages 6‒13
- Encourage them to begin flossing once a day, in addition to brushing twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste
- Help children make healthy food choices, avoiding sweets and sugars
- Have them fitted for a sports mouth guard to be worn during athletic activity
- Remind them to brush their teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, rinse with antibacterial mouthwash, and clean in between the teeth with floss at least once a day
- Help your teenager eliminate tobacco use and eat nutritious foods that are low in sugar
- Help them avoid carbonated drinks and energy drinks (both are high in sugar)
- Remind them to wear a sports mouth guard during active play
Get more tips
- Canadian Dental Association
- Canadian Dental Hygienists Association
- Let’s Grow, a free electronic newsletter for parents of kids up to age 5½ that includes age-appropriate reminders (e.g., when to book your child’s first dental appointment)
- Public Health through our dental programs
Ways to make oral health fun
- Save the fairy tale kingdom with your toothbrush! Then, save your own teeth by brushing them with each Toothsaver for two minutes, twice a day. Brush for 30 days and you’ll have the chance to defeat the evil sorceress herself!
- Use this checklist (PDF) to help your child keep track of brushing 2 times a day for 2 minutes
Enter the colouring contest
- Participate in the National Dental Hygienists Week Colouring Contest by May 1 and you could win a Toys ‘R’ Us gift card and kids oral health prize packs from Sunstar G•U•M.