National Oral Health

  • 2.2.10 Do-It-Yourself Dentistry

    Governments should legislate to control do-it-yourself dentistry in order to protect the public

  • 2.2.11 Community Oral Health Promotion: E-cigarettes

    E-cigarettes may cause serious harm or injury and so should not be used. There should be further research to examine the health impact of the use of and exposure to E-cigarettes and the role of E-cigarettes in supporting smoking cessation.

  • 2.2.12 Community Oral Health Promotion: Betel Nut Use

    The use of betel quid (nut) containing areca nut should be avoided in order to prevent pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions of the mouth, which can have fatal consequences.

  • 2.3.1 Children

    Developing effective oral hygiene practices in childhood can provide the foundation for good oral health throughout life. The ADA promotes regular dental visits for children generally and specific government dental programmes for disadvantaged children.

  • 2.3.2 Adolescents and Young Adults

    Education and support is needed to ensure that this vulnerable group, in transition to responsibility for their own oral health care, understands why oral hygiene and professional dental care is important.

  • 2.3.3 Older People

    As the number of aged persons in society grows, increased attention must be paid by dental practitioners, governments and institutions to the specific dental needs of older people.

  • 2.3.4 Individuals in Regional & Remote Areas

    In areas where access to timely and comprehensive dental care is difficult, a coordinated approach by Governments, the dental profession and all stakeholders involving education, training, community support and better working conditions is needed.

  • 2.3.5 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

    Oral diseases are more prevalent in Indigenous than non-Indigenous Australians. In addition, they have less access to oral health care. As a signatory to the ‘Close the Gap’ initiative, the ADA is working to ensure Indigenous Australians have a principle role in planning and  managing their own oral health programmes.

  • 2.3.6 Individuals with Disabilities

    Individuals with disabilities are entitled to the same level of access to and range of oral health care services as other members of the community.

  • 2.3.7 Individuals Unable to Access Dental Clinics

    Dentists and clinical support staff should be available to provide dental care in locations other than dental clinics, such as residential aged care facilities, remote communities and hospitals.