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Free dental checks for primary school kids

Published 29th July, 2019 in Education, Health

Children in Western Sydney, the Mid North Coast and the Central Coast will be the first of thousands to be offered free dental services under the NSW Health Primary School Mobile Dental Program.

Child at dentist

Thirty-five mobile dental clinics will provide free check-ups, teeth cleaning and x-rays for up to 136,000 Medicare eligible children on school grounds.

Dental problems can make it hard for school children to stay focused in class and complete their homework. It can also lead to school absences.

Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard said the program could reduce the number of children admitted to NSW hospitals every year with preventable dental conditions.

“A healthy mouth ensures kids can eat, speak and socialise without discomfort and embarrassment, so it’s important that we treat and teach them about oral health early,” Mr Hazzard said.

Parents and carers of children at participating schools will receive an information and consent pack before the mobile dental clinic is scheduled to visit the school.

The mobile dental program complements existing NSW public dental services.

Find out more on the NSW Primary School Mobile Dental Program

Published 29th July, 2019 in Education, Health
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