Big Smiles for Dental Health Week

Published on 10 August 2017

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Media Release

Gannawarra Shire pre-schools have joined in on Dental Health Week to promote the importance of Eating Well, Brushing Well, Drinking Well, and having teeth checked regularly by a dentist.

As part of the national campaign, running from August 7-13, all children attending local pre-schools have received a free toothpaste, toothbrush and oral health information.

The pre-schools are part of the Dental Health Services Victoria Smiles4Miles program delivered as a partnership between Gannawarra Shire Council and Northern District Community Health.

Council’s Community Health Manager Narelle O’Donoghue said that Council and partnership agencies continue to focus attention on improving oral health of children across the Gannawarra Shire.

“Dental health issues are largely preventable through good brushing, consuming water as the drink of choice and eating healthy foods, like crunchy fruit vegetables,” said Mrs. O’Donoghue.

We know that poor oral health in children leads to pain and issues with their speech and learning development and that ongoing issues can lead to poor overall health later in life.

We want all children across the Gannawarra Shire to have a great start to life and looking after their teeth is an important part of that.”

It is recommended that children have their teeth checked by a dentist by the age of two and then every six months after that.

Anywhere, Anytime – Oral Health for Busy Lives is the theme of Dental Health Week. The campaign encourages Australians to brush their teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, use floss at least once a day, eat healthy foods, reduce sugary drinks, and visit a dentist for regular check-ups.

Find out more at the Australian Dental Association website:

For more information please contact Council on 5450 9333 or visit council’s website


Date: 10 August 2017

Media contact: Katrina Thorne T. 03 5450 9333 M. 0409 616 627