Push to keep local kids smiling

HEALTHY: Naracoorte South Australian Dental Service dentist Anjali Madan (left) and dental nurse Emma Johnson (right) give Jess Henschke a check-up.

HEALTHY: Naracoorte South Australian Dental Service dentist Anjali Madan (left) and dental nurse Emma Johnson (right) give Jess Henschke a check-up.

AS part of a state-wide campaign, local families are being encouraged to keep their children smiling by making an appointment with the Naracoorte South Australian School Dental Service.

Located on Park Terrace in Naracoorte, the dental service is available to most children under the age of 18 and adults holding concession cards.

During the 2014/2015 period, 1414 people attended the South Australian School Dental Service in Naracoorte, but a total of 2297 people are in fact eligible to go to the school dental service.

SA Dental Service executive director Dr Geoff Franklin said the purpose of the campaign is to improve the oral health of children, by increasing enrolment in School Dental Service clinics across South Australia.

“The School Dental Service has a long history of providing high quality dental care, with 1414 children enrolled at the School Dental Service clinic in Naracoorte,” Dr Franklin said.

“Care provided through the School Dental Service is free for all babies, preschoolers and most children under 18 years.

“It is essential children have regular dental check-ups and I encourage all parents to make their child an appointment at their School Dental Service clinic.”

Dr Geoff Franklin said tooth decay is preventable and early treatment in children is vital to help stop decay.

“Healthy teeth and gums are important for children’s health and well-being,” he said.

“Increasing numbers of children are being admitted to hospital to have teeth filled or removed under a general anaesthetic due to tooth decay.

“Decayed teeth can be painful and affect the way children smile, talk, bite and chew and decay in baby teeth is a predictor of decay in permanent teeth.

“It is vital to establish good oral health habits for children to give their teeth a healthy start, which includes healthy food choices, drinking plain tap water, brushing teeth twice a day and scheduling regular dental check-ups.”

The School Dental Service offers expert oral health care for all children under 18 years who are living or going to school in South Australia.

To find out more information or to make an appointment call the Naracoorte South Australian School Dental Service on 8762 2614. 

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