Dental Health Educators are responsible for determining the oral health needs of communities and targeting appropriate education andprograms to address these needs.
The Dental Health Educator promotes public awareness and knowledge of dental health topics such as: fluoride, oral hygiene, oral injury prevention, fissure sealants, space maintenance, tobacco, denture care, senior oral care, nutrition and oral health, dental and oral diseases, oral cancer, oral products and procedures, and diabetes and oral health.
Dental disease, one of the most common health problems in the world today, is almost totally preventable.
Dental Health Promotion is a community based program that works with communities to achieve optimal oral health.
Periodic targeted visual oral inspections, one-on-one counselling and oral hygiene skill development as needed, classroom presentations, dental resource kits, teacher workshops, brushing programs for special needs children or classes at high risk for decay, oral health as it relates to tobacco, drugs, oral piercing, eating disorders, diabetes, injury prevention, etc.
Sealants provided in schools identified through previous dental screenings to be at a higher risk of dental decay. Grades 1 and 7 students in these schools are eligible with parental consent. Grade 2 and Grade 8 students enrolled the previous year are followed up for retention checks and offered sealants on newly erupted teeth.
Promotion of community water fluoridation, school-based fluoride mouthrinse programs, fluoride varnish programs, toothbrushing programs
Information packages for new parents, individual referrals from health professionals
Dental resource kits, toothbrushing, fluoride varnish and screening programs offered in areas at high risk to decay, presentations available upon request
Seniors/Special Needs Program
Presentations, displays, workshops and consultations, caregiver in-services on all aspects of oral health, oral cancer self-screening instruction
Consultation and resource information to individuals, groups and health professionals
Health Promotion/Public Education
Public awareness of oral health issues through printed material, healthy public policy, media, health fairs, displays, website etc.
Oral Health Newsletters/Reports
- Spotlight on Oral Health Winter 2011
- Spotlight on Oral Health March 2011
- Spotlight on Oral Health December 2010
- Spotlight on Oral Health September 2010
- Spotlight on Oral Health March 2010
- Saskatchewan Dental Health Screening Report (2008/09)
- Cypress Dental Screening Report (2008-09)
- Saskatchewan Community Fluoride Data (2010)
Oral Health Resources
- Breastfeeding and Oral Health
- Community Water Fluoridation
- Dental Health Education – Teacher Resources
- Dental Tips for Preschool Children
- Diabetes and Oral Health
- Dry Mouth Tear Sheet
- Early Childhood Tooth Decay
- Fluoride Mouthrinse
- Fluoride Varnish Protects Teeth
- Menopause and Oral Health
- Mouth Care for the Denture and Implant Wearer
- Piercing Truth
- Pregnancy and Oral Health
- Oral Cancer
- Oral Health of Special Needs Children
- Saskatchewan Family Health Benefits
- Seal Out Tooth Decay
- Smokeless (Spit) Tobacco
- Thumb and Finger Sucking
- Tooth Tips for Teens
- Training Cups
- Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry
- Canadian Dental Association
- Saskatchewan Dental Therapists Association
Dental Health Educator Contacts
Toll Free phone: 1.866.786.2510
350 Cheadle St. W
Swift Current, Saskatchewan S9H 4G3
Assiniboia, Saskatchewan S0H 0B0