April is Oral Health Month – a good reminder to maintain healthy habits and recognize how good oral health can benefit our overall well-being.

Prevention is key. Daily brushing and flossing, not smoking, reducing our daily intake of sugars, and drinking fluoridated water go a long way in lowering the risk of oral health issues and improving our overall health. Regular check-ups are also important to oral health maintenance.

Preparations for Dental Day 2017 are underway with the date scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017. In previous years the SOHC has generously provided sponsorship to help make this event possible. Saskatchewan Polytechnic Dental Hygiene students partner with the Regina Food Bank and the Regina Open Door Society to help identify individuals who are in need.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released a new mobile application (app) to assist dental facilities with monitoring compliance with recommended infection prevention practices. The app, CDC DentalCheck, is a tool dental practices can use to evaluate dental health care personnel (DHCP) compliance with administrative policies and clinical practice infection prevention and control recommendations.

There is an online teaching curriculum and online CME/CE modules around oral health for non-dental practitioners, out of the US. It is Smiles for Life. The Public Health, Niagara Region, Ontario has started to Canadianize the modules! One module has been completed in its Canadian version so far, Child Oral Health. Canadian version of module 2- Child Oral Health- is on the US website and behind the "Teach Curriculum" page.

Thanks to SIGA’s sponsorship, Saskatchewan’s first-ever ‘Brush Day’ was held at St. Mark School in Saskatoon. ‘Brush Day’ is an event that began in the United States on November 1, the day after Halloween, to reinforce the importance of regular oral hygiene and brushing among children.

Thank you for supporting My Smile Matters: A Youth Movement. The project was piloted in Saskatoon elementary schools with students at higher risk of dental disease (based on Saskatoon Health Region school oral health screenings).
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