Dental Health Week at Greta
Good oral health is fundamental to overall health and wellbeing. Early childhood is a critical time when lifetime habits are established. Supporting oral health promotion in the early years is an investment in the future health of Australians.
In Australia over the past decade, there has been a slight increase in the rates of tooth decay in six year old children (Mejia et al, 2012). The oral health of children from infancy to preschool aged is vitally important for overall wellbeing and quality of life. Early childhood services already play a significant role in promoting health and wellbeing of young children. Early childhood professionals are well placed to create supportive environments, build knowledge and skills, and engage families around healthy eating and good oral health practices.
The primary objectives of the Australian Dental Health Week is to encourage the improvement of the oral and general health of the public.