DHSV launches translated videos to help young families care for children’s teeth 

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DHSV translated videos to help young families care for children’s teeth 

To celebrate this year’s recent Dental Health Week (1-7 August), Dental Health Services Victoria launched a series of translated videos that provide practical toothbrushing tips and advice for parents with young children aged 0-6 years.

The videos are translated into 15 community languages and are a helpful resource for professionals and organisations to use when promoting oral health with diverse families.

DHSV chief executive officer, Sue McKee, highlighted the potential to reach a much wider audience with the new resources, helping families to care for their children’s teeth from infancy.  

“Central to DHSV’s new Strategic Direction is our vision for a future where every Victorian is disease and cavity-free,” McKee said. 

“We’re committed to improving the oral health of all Victorians. The videos were originally released in English last year—but our goal was to translate them into community languages. 

DHSV research shows that children aged 3-5 years from households where English isn’t the main language are twice as likely to experience dental decay. Therefore, we want to ensure as many families as possible have access to oral health information in their own language.” 

The videos focus on two key developmental stages, ‘Toothbrushing with your baby (0 – 18 months old’ and ‘Toothbrushing with your toddler or pre-schooler (18 months – 6 years)’. The videos are available in Arabic, Burmese, Chinese simplified, Dari, Dinka, Farsi, Karen, Khmer, Punjabi, Vietnamese, Hazaragi, Somali, Urdu, Swahili and Tamil. 

DHSV has also translated its ‘Caring for teeth and gums 0-6 years’ factsheet into an additional six languages. The factsheet uses clear, simple messaging to help families develop good oral hygiene with their children. A total of 18 languages are now available including Arabic, Burmese, Chin (Hakha), Chinese simplified, Dari, Dinka, English, Farsi, Karen, Khmer, Nuer, Punjabi, Somali, Vietnamese, Swahili, Tamil, Tigrinya and Urdu. 

“Tooth decay remains the highest cause of preventable hospitalisations for children,” McKee said.

“These resources aim to change that by supporting families to care for their children’s teeth from an early age, providing the foundation for healthy permanent teeth into adulthood.”

Access the translated videos:

Access DHSV’s suite of translated resources: 

Translated oral health brochures

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