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 can prevent cavities and make students fell physically, socially and mentally well.

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.

School Programs

Dental Screenings is a program where Public Health’s registered dental hygienists visit elementary schools and provide a quick check of students’ teeth. They let parents/guardians know if they see any problems, such as large cavities, in the child’s mouth.

Fluoride Varnish is a program where Public Health’s dental team provides free fluoride varnish applications at select schools. Fluoride varnish is a protective coating that helps to make teeth strong and prevent cavities.

Recommended websites

Dental Hygiene Canada provides evidence-based information, activity sheets and infographics to support the oral health curriculum.

Canadian Dental Association provides educator resources to support learning and teaching about the importance of oral health in a fun way. Topics include oral care, nutrition, tooth decay, fluoride and more.

Oral Health Education Resources for Teachers and Educators (Halton Region) provides resources, fact sheets and games that support oral health. For Grades 1-8.


  • We have a Monthly Brushing Chart (PDF) that you can download and print for your students to encourage them to brush twice a day.