May 20,

School Screening

School Screening

All health units in Ontario are mandated under the Ontario Public Health Standards, to provide oral health screening in elementary schools. Public Health dental programs, including screening of school children, are designed to support and encourage your efforts to provide the best dental health for your children.

A dental screening is a quick inspection of a child’s mouth by a registered dental hygienist. Peterborough Public Health (PPH) offers dental screening in all elementary schools, and by appointment at our Community Dental Health Centre. JK, SK, and Grade 2 students are screened in every elementary school in Peterborough County and City each year This includes Curve Lake First Nation, public, separate, and private schools. Beginning in 2018/2019 school year, in addition to JK, SK and Grade 2 we may screen Grades 4 and/or 7 depending on the last year’s results.

Most students have healthy teeth and mouths but some students are identified as needing urgent dental care – they may have large cavities, pain, infection, or trauma. Other students may need care, but aren’t yet in crisis, and some may require preventive services such as cleaning, fluoride treatments, and pit and fissure sealants.

Once a date is set for screening with the school, you will receive a letter from the Health Unit with the details of the screening, and contact information for any questions you may have.
The Dental Hygienist does not usually put her hands in your child’s mouth during a dental screening, but wears latex-free gloves if she needs to take a closer look. The Dental Hygienist wears a surgical mask, and both she and the student wear protective eye wear.

A screening report card is sent home with your child, to let you know if dental treatment is required.

A Parent Notification Letter will be mailed to you if your child is in urgent need of dental care. You must let us know when you have arranged dental care for your child. A maximum of three letters may be mailed home to you – if you do not respond, your child may be referred to the Children’s Aid Society in accordance with the Child and Family
Services Act.

Last modified on May 14, 2018