Smile Squad to visit Mans­field kids from term one next year

Mansfield Courier - - News -

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.

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