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Dental Screening Program

What is dental screening?

Dental screening is a quick visual inspection by a Registered Dental Hygienist to identify obvious dental conditions that are causing or will cause pain. We screen children in the Porcupine Health Unit area who are 17 years of age or under.

We do this to make sure that any child with urgent dental decay gets help.

For elementary school students, screening is done annually to JK, SK and Grades 2, 4, 6, and 8 students in their school. Parents are notified if their child has an urgent dental problem or if preventive services are recommended.

Parents of preschool children and high school students may arrange an appointment for dental screening by contacting our office.

Did you get a letter from our hygienist?

If your child has visible cavities, a folder will be returned with your child to let you know. The dental hygienist who screened your child will send you a letter by mail and will attempt to contact you by telephone.

If you are not able to pay, we can help you access financial assistance to eligible families with children ages 17 and under. Complete the Parent Notification Form (PNF) you received and send it back to us as soon as possible.

If you are able to pay, complete the Parent Notification Form (PNF) and bring the form to your dentist so he can sign it and forward it to us. You can also have your dentist call us to confirm that the child is being treated.

If you need more information about any of the dental services offered at the health unit please contact 705-267-1181 or email dental@porcupinehu.on.ca