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Free Dental Services For Niagara Children

Ruzanna Harutyunyan's picture

In celebration of April 2009 being National Dental Health Month, Niagara Region Public Health is pleased to announce the expansion of the Children in Need of Treatment (CINOT) Program which now reaches children up to age 17. The program previously covered children from birth to age 13.

The Children in Need of Treatment program, funded by the Ministry of Health Promotion, provides free dental services to children whose parents have no dental coverage and cannot afford the cost of urgent dental care.

The Children in Need of Treatment program includes dental care services such as:

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* fillings,
* extractions,
* sedation,
* and preventive dental care.

To promote the expansion of the services to teens, most secondary schools will receive a visit from Niagara Region Public Health during April. During this visit, a registered dental hygienist will be available to perform a quick dental screening on any interested students. Students whose parents are eligible for the program will be given information on the Children in Need of Treatment program and will be asked to visit a participating dentist.

"Anytime a service is expanded to promote dental health it is certainly welcomed and we are pleased to expand services to improve the dental health of children and adolescents in Niagara," states Stephanie Gordon, Manager, Niagara Region Public Health.

This new program is aimed at improving oral health of Ontario families and their children, where an inability to pay may prevent access to urgent dental care and required dental services.