If your kids need dental work done and the cost is too high, there are local programs you can take advantage of. The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is raising awareness about free dental programs and services for those 17-years-old and younger, as part of April’s “Brush Up on the Facts: Keep Kids’ Teeth Healthy” campaign for Oral Health Month.

Owner of Huntsville’s Dental Hygiene with Dezarae,  Dezarae Aldridge-Earl, says taking care of your mouth, teeth, and gums benefits your overall physical and mental well-being.


Manager of the Oral Health program at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Heather Murray, says when kids have dental pain it’s more than just a cavity. She says children need to keep their teeth and gums healthy to be healthy overall. And, she says whether your kids have baby or adult teeth, they still need to be checked immediately if they have dental issues. Limiting sugary snacks and helping them brush and floss properly will help to lower the risk of issues, according to Murray.

This weekend marks the Canada-wide initiative Gift From the Heart. Aldridge-Earl says the day provides no-cost dental hygiene care to those who wouldn’t be able to afford it on their own.


Two dental hygiene companies in the area are taking part in a Canada-wide initiative called “Gift From the Heart“; Dental Hygiene with Dezarae in Huntsville and Muskoka Gentle Dental in Utterson. You can also get in touch with the health unit to see if you are eligible for dental screening or treatments by calling 1-877-721-7520 x 8804.