Dental screening consent forms to be sent soon

Lisa Goudy
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The dental screening will take place in the Five Hills Health Region (FHHR) this year.

Every five years, the oral health is measured by dental health educators on children in Grade 1 and Grade 7, if parental consent is given. The screening involves a visual assessment of each child.

Jennifer Petuley, dental health educator, said consent forms will go out either next week or the week after.

"We kind of overlook the mouth and think that it's just our teeth," she said. "It does affect our overall health."

She said good oral health will reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, stroke and pneumonia in adults. Oral health begins with children.

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