About Dental Health Week

Dental Health Week, which takes place in the first full week of August, is the Australian Dental Association’s major annual oral health promotion event. Its aim is to educate Australians about the importance of maintaining good oral health in every aspect of their lives.

It has three main objectives:

  • - Promote oral health education and awareness in the general community
  • - Motivate and educate dental professionals to promote oral health
  • - Encourage ongoing collaboration within the dental profession

This year Dental Health Week, which runs from 1 to 7 August, is focusing on the significant way that hormones can play havoc with a woman’s oral health, an especially important topic in light of a recent study that revealed that many women are unaware of the significant impact that various life stages have on the health of their teeth and gums. The reality is that major life events like pregnancy, puberty, menstruation and menopause, dramatically affect the state of a your dental health if you are a woman.

Throughout the course of Dental Health Week, you will be encouraged to take a more preventive, hands-on approach to your dental health as you learn more about the ways your teeth, gums and mouth are affected during each of the pivotal phases of your life. 

Interested in previous campaigns?


Seven Sporting Sins, How your actions on the field affect your oral health (2015)
Everything that a person does on the sporting field or in the gym, from the supplements they use to whether they wear a customised mouthguard and their consumption of sports drinks has a major impact on their oral health.

The Sugar Bandit, The battle for the oral health of Australia’s children (2014)
Backed by survey data that Australian parents feel they are losing the battle for their children’s oral health, the focus was on babies and toddlers’ oral health, with a particular emphasis on how the “Sugar Bandit” hides in Australian households.

The Young Person’s Oral Survival Guide (2013)
While most of us make it through our twenties in one piece, teeth, gums and mouth may not fare so well with drinking, smoking, taking drugs (legal or illegal), or oral sex taking a major toll on a person’s oral health.

Stop the Rot (2012)
With the pain and expense associated with tooth decay almost completely preventable, adults and children were educated on the importance of good oral hygiene habits and a healthy diet.