Dental Screening

Posted on 10/08/2022
Ottawa Public Health’s registered dental hygienists (RDH) will provide a dental screening on
Wednesday, October 19* for students in ALL grades.
The dental screening is a no-touch technique: the RDH will have no direct contact with your child.
Instead, they will use a disposable tongue depressor to look at your child’s mouth. This short
visual assessment helps identify the need for dental care (infection, tooth decay, broken teeth or
more). To comply with Public Health Ontario’s Best Practices, appropriate measures will be in
place to limit the spread of COVID-19 including performing hand hygiene, wearing personal
protective equipment and maintaining physical distancing as much as possible. Afterwards, your
child will be given a report to take home which will explain the results of the dental screening.
Some families may be eligible for free dental care. THE SCREENING DOES NOT REPLACE
* Some date(s) may be subject to change
This dental screening is offered in accordance with the Ontario Public Health Standards from the
Ontario Ministry of Health. Personal health information collected during the screening will be used
for the purposes of delivering, administering, and managing screening services and for statistical
purposes provided under Sections 5 and 7 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act (as
amended) and the Ontario Public Health Standards (2018). Information may be used and shared
among Ottawa Public Health authorized employees only in the provision of dental services.
Questions concerning the dental screening, how to exclude your child from the dental screening,
the collection and use of this information should be directed to the Supervisor of Dental Health
Promotion, Ottawa Public Health, 400-1580 Merivale Rd., Ottawa, ON, tel.: 613-580-2424, ext
Ottawa Public Health’s Dental Health Team
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