Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dentists welcome the Andrews Government’s commitment to improving Victorians’ oral health

All Victorians deserve to have good oral health.
The Victorian Government’s announcement of upcoming consultation on a new strategy to prevent oral disease in Victoria is welcomed by the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB).

The ADAVB has long advocated for 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.

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 – and this needs to change.

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

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