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- Fluoride Varnish Program Being Offered in Area Schools This Fall; Media Invited to Clinics -

Preventing tooth decay is a subject that the Health Unit is serious about tackling at local schools this fall.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has begun offering its free Fluoride Varnish program for children attending daycare and Kindergarten classrooms across Northumberland County, the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County. The goal of the free program is to help prevent tooth decay in the region. It’s a problem that can affect up to 40 per cent of Kindergarten students who are screened by the Health Unit.

Members of the media are invited to attend the following school-based fluoride varnish clinics for interview and photo opportunities:

• In Lindsay at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School (16 St. Lawrence St.) on Tuesday, November 1 (1:15 to 2 pm).

•  In Campbellford at Kent Public School (150 Kent St.) on Tuesday, November 8 (11:05 am-12:15 pm)

• In Baltimore at Baltimore Public SChools (9320 Burwash Rd.) on Wednesday, November 9 (Noon to 1:15 pm)

• In Port Hope at Beatrice Strong Public School (90 Rose Glen Rd.) on Tuesday, November 22 (9:30 am to 10:50 am).

Fluoride varnish is a protective coating that is brushed on a child’s teeth, helping prevent new cavities by making the tooth enamel harder. It is recommended twice a year, every year, as an effective way to fight tooth decay. The application of Fluoride Varnish is approved by Health Canada and the Canadian Dental Association.

“We’re very pleased to again be offering fluoride varnish applications at local daycares and Kindergarten classrooms because it goes hand-in hand with daily brushing and regular visits to the dentist, as part of a healthy lifestyle for a cavity-free childhood,” says Donna Bortolot, a Certified Dental Assistant with the HKPR District Health Unit.

Fluoride varnish is now also available for students in higher grades. The Health Unit recently announced the expansion of the fluoride varnish program to include all local youth up to 17 years of age. To learn more or to book an appointment for fluoride varnish, call the Health Unit at 1-888-599-9399 or visit www.hkpr.on.ca.

The expansion of the fluoride varnish program is due to recent changes to the provincial Healthy Smiles Ontario dental support program. For the local Health Unit, the changes apply due to the fact no communities in its jurisdiction currently add fluoride to their municipal drinking water systems.

For media inquiries, contact:

Donna Bortolot, Certified Dental Assistant, HKPR District Health Unit, (705) 324-3569, ext. 2404,

or Debbie Brisbin, Certified Dental Assistant HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100, ext. 1237.

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