Friday, October 12, 2018

New data reveals alarming increase in number of children receiving dental treatment under general anaesthetic

An increasing number of Victorian children are requiring hospitalisation to treat preventable dental problems, with new data accessed by the Australian Dental Association Victorian Branch (ADAVB) revealing the devastating impact that poor oral health is having on vulnerable children.

Data obtained by the ADAVB under Freedom of Information shows that the number of children requiring a general anaesthetic for dental treatment provided through public dental services has dramatically increased. More than 2200 children aged 0-9 years required a general anaesthetic in 2017/18, an increase of 13 per cent over the past 12 months, and 39 per cent since 2013/14.

ADAVB President and public dentist Dr Kevin Morris said, “It is deeply concerning that over 2900 children aged 0-17 years required a general anaesthetic in 2017/ 18 to have more than 10,194 teeth extracted as well as thousands of fillings. Children aged 0-9 age years fared the worst, making up the majority (76 per cent) of cases, and accounting for an average of four teeth extracted per child.”

“Some children as young as 2-3 years old are having all their baby teeth removed, leaving them without any teeth for years before their adult teeth come through. Baby teeth are very important. They enable children to chew food and speak properly, and they reserve the spaces in gum tissue for future adult teeth. You can only imagine the devastating impact these extractions have on their health and nutrition, and their social and emotional well-being,” Dr Morris said.

Tooth decay is entirely preventable, with excess added sugar consumption a major contributing factor. Regular and early dental attendance is also important to help prevent dental disease. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

World Mental Health Day

It's World Mental Health Day, a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma.

With one in five Australians suffering from a mental illness it's important to know that you're not alone and that help and support is available. Our members can access personal counselling on work or life issues through our member assistance program (MAP), Optum, on 1300 361 008.

There are range of online tools, self help and support services available for ADAVB members on the Optum website:

Members will need their MAP access code to access the Optum website. Log into the ADAVB website and visit My ADAVB - Member Assistance Program for your access code.

The ADAVB runs a series of courses about professional life such as team work, communications skills and work life balance. Join us at our next Work Life Balance Practice Plus workshop on Wednesday 28 November, 12.15pm-5pm.

Make some time for 'you' and join us for eviDent's Vin, Yin and Vino yoga class on Friday 19 October, 6.30pm-8.30pm.

Help is also available through:

  • R U OK Day
  • beyondblue
  • Black Dog Institute
  • Kids Helpline.

World Cavity Free Future Day Sunday 14 October

World Cavity Free Future Day (WCFFD) is on 14 October. Celebrating its third year, WCFFD is an initiative launched in 2016 by the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future to address the need for greater global awareness of dental caries.

In support of WCFFD, the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future in partnership with Colgate and the ADA, Dental Hygienists’ Association of Australia, and Australian Dental and Oral Health Therapists’ Association have come together to launch a #WCFFDay dental awareness campaign aimed at preventing cavities in adults and children.

On this day, Australians are being urged to join the fight against tooth decay by choosing water over sugary drinks for a day.

Become a #WCFFDay ambassador by:

  • Promoting water over sugary drinks at your school, workplace or with your patients.
  • Encouraging healthy choices at home and at family events
  • Sharing ADA oral health resources
  • Using #WCFFDay to promote messages on social media
  • Encouraging your staff and patients to post a photo of their healthy smile with the hashtag on Facebook to @australiandentalassociation 
  • Sharing, liking and talking about our social media posts.

Download WCFF resources

Monday, October 01, 2018

Prof Ivan Darby named leading Australian researcher in dentistry by The Australian's Research Magazine.

Congratulations to ADAVB and eviDent Foundation member, Prof Ivan Darby, for being recognised as the leading Australian researcher in the field of dentistry by The Australian's Research Magazine.

The Australian's Research Magazine highlights the excellence of Australian researchers, universities and other research institutions. The result is a list of leading researchers and research institutions across more than 250 fields of research, which The Australian says, "Recognises the highly worthwhile achievements of people who are not otherwise acknowledged, apart from by their peers".

Prof Darby is a Chief Investigator and member of the Dental Practice Based Research team for the eviDent Foundation. Prof Darby was Chief Investigator for the "Diagnosis, treatment and maintenance of periodontal patients by general dentists project" and is currently involved as a Chief Investigator with the following projects:

Further information:
Australian research stars of 2018:
eviDent Foundation: