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Smiles for a lifetime

Dez Loreen
Northern News Services
Thursday, August 23, 2007

INUVIK - Parents need to sign consent forms if they want their children's teeth checked at school.

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Simon Jozzy does some dental work on a student at Sir Alexander Mackenzie School. Jozzy said that it is important that parents fill out consent forms at the beginning of the school year so he can check their children's teeth. - Dez Loreen/NNSL photo

Simon Jozzy, dental therapist at Sir Alexander Mackenzie School, said he gets concerned when parents don't complete the form.

"If a child doesn't have the consent form, I can't work on their teeth," he said.

"Young teeth are so important, parents should realize that, too."

Jozzy said that he has gotten responses from parents that their child did not want work done, so they didn't fill out the forms.

"I'm concerned about that, because it is the role of the parent to make good decisions for their child," said Jozzy.

"An eight-year-old is not going to know that he needs to have his teeth cleaned unless he is taught that."

The school's dental program consists of Jozzy's office, where he can extract teeth, place fillings and do cleanings.

"We also have a program for the students that includes a fluoride rinse," said Jozzy.

"What I do, is I inspect the child's mouth and make notes."

"I bring the information to the parent to let them know what needs to be done."

Jozzy said that there have been some students who have needed to be referred to the dental clinic in town.

"We can do most dental work here, but nothing cosmetic," said Jozzy.

The consent forms for the school-based dental work will be distributed during the first week of school.

Jozzy also said that it is important that parents encourage their children to keep their teeth clean.

"You should always brush before you sleep," said Jozzy.

"Never go to sleep with any junk in your mouth, it's bad news."