Smile Squad to visit Mansfield kids from term one next year
STUDENTS in Mansfield will have brighter and healthier smiles when the Smile Squad free dental program is rolled out to more schools in term one next year.
Upper house member Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) announced the Smile Squad – Victoria’s new fleet of school dental vans – will provide free examinations and treatment at local public primary and secondary schools.
From term one next year, the vans will start visiting schools in the Mansfield area.
“We’re making sure Mansfield students have a bright and healthy smile and we’re helping hard-working families save on costly dental bills,” Ms Symes said.
“Our kids and teenagers deserve the best start in life, and good oral health is important to lay the foundations for good lifelong health and wellbeing.
“I’m excited to see that Mansfield students will be among the first to benefit from a free dental visit.”
In 2020, the fleet is expected to visit more than 150 schools and provide treatment to more than 50,000 students.
More schools and locations will be announced in 2020.
Oral disease is one of the most common and expensive diseases to treat, but it’s also the most preventable.
Across Australia, a quarter of all children have untreated tooth decay; and in Victoria, dental conditions are the highest single cause of preventable hospitalisations for kids under 10.
The Smile Squad vans will provide free check-ups and treatment including teeth cleaning, fluoride application, fillings, root canals and any other non-cosmetic treatments to make sure our kids have healthy teeth.
All Victorian public primary and secondary school students will receive their own free dental packs, complete with a toothbrush, and lots of education about the benefits of a healthy, bright smile.
Once fully rolled out in 2022, the program will provide checkups and dental treatment for about 650,000 public school kids every year.