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).

April is Oral Health Month. This year’s theme, “Good Oral Health Habits”, reminds us of the importance of oral health as part of our overall wellbeing.

People are often surprised to learn that oral health problems go beyond cavities and toothaches. Research tells us that there may be links between oral diseases and health problems like diabetes and heart disease. 

Do you know of programs in your community that are working well to help people living in poverty? Please share your experience. Complete the online survey by May 15, 2015 to share your thoughts on how the Saskatchewan Poverty Reduction Strategy should be developed.

Visit Government of Saskatchewan website to find out more.

A Prenatal Care Gap
Pregnant women are an important group for enhanced, targeted oral health promotion.    Saskatchewan Prevention Institute logoPregnant women are at higher risk for oral disease because of hormonal changes that affect their gums and because many women do not access dental care during pregnancy.  
Many women mistakenly believe they should avoid dental visits during pregnancy and many dentists are reluctant to treat pregnant women because they are unaware of current guidelines in treating pregnant patients or fear of litigation.

During 2007-2008, two pilot projects began in Saskatoon and Regina to improve access to dental treatment for LTC residents.

In Regina, Santa Maria LTC home developed a fully equipped dental operatory.  Oral health professionals volunteered to provide free oral health assessments.  Identified treatment was provided on site in the dental operatory for residents who consented to treatment.  Treatment was paid for by the resident or their family.

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