Brush­ing up on bet­ter health

The Western Star - - News -

MORE chil­dren and teenagers are pri­ori­tis­ing their teeth, with new fig­ures re­leased just in time for Na­tional Den­tal Health Week.

South West Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vices have pro­vided more pre­ven­ta­tive care and com­pleted a greater num­ber of treat­ment care plans in the past year, ac­cord­ing to prin­ci­pal den­tist San­dra Dolan.

“Over­all in the 2018–19 fi­nan­cial year, we de­liv­ered 40,148 oc­ca­sions of ser­vice to clients through­out the south west, sig­nif­i­cantly higher than the 35,418 de­liv­ered dur­ing 2017-18.

“We also fo­cused strongly on de­liv­er­ing timely den­ture ser­vices, with 318 vouch­ers is­sued dur­ing 2018-19.

“We also saw a greater num­ber of un­der-four and Year 11 and 12 stu­dents.”

Dr Dolan said Den­tal Health Week was a chance to pro­mote the need to look af­ter your teeth.

“Pre­ven­tion is al­ways bet­ter than cure,” she said.

To book an ap­point­ment, call 1300 215 659.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTE­D

SMILES: SWHHS oral health team Sa­man­tha Willes, Lynette Lee, Lin­den Sum­mers, An­nal­isa Kep­pie and Michelle Fer­gu­son.

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