Dentists welcome government’s commitment to improving Victoria’s oral health

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Coming in the wake of Dental Health Week earlier this month, the Victorian Government’s announcement of upcoming consultation on a new strategy to prevent oral disease in Victoria has been endorsed by the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB).

“The ADAVB has long advocated for the development of enhanced strategies to prevent oral disease and promote the oral health of Victorians, and consulting broadly on future plans is a critical step in this process,” ADAVB president Dr Susan Wise said.

“All Victorians deserve to have good oral health, and Victoria’s oral health professionals are committed to helping their clients to have healthy smiles, and to keep their teeth for life.”

Although there have been significant improvements in community oral health, more than 15,000 Victorians including around 6,000 children, still experience preventable hospital admission due to dental disease each year.

Multiple approaches are needed to empower Victorians to maintain good oral health, especially for people at higher risk of oral disease, including:

  • continued investment in targeted prevention programs,
  • raising oral health awareness within the community and among health professionals,
  • introducing additional measures to reduce sugar consumption,
  • regular access to dental care,
  • promoting better integration of oral health care with the primary healthcare system, and
  • supporting the dental workforce to continue to deliver the care the community needs in the public and private sectors.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the government, oral health professionals, and the community to develop the new dental health strategy,” Dr Wise said.

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