'Children's smiles are getting brighter'

The Herald Sun (estab. 1855)
25 Mar 1996
Newspaper article about the improvement in the dental health of children as one of the great public health success stories of the past 20 years. Features a picture of Dental Therapist Libby Mears demonstrating Oral Hygiene to a child patient.
"In the mid 1970's, 12-year-olds had more than six teeth affected by dental decay, Twelve year olds today have less than one tooth affected - a 60% improvement" John McLennan, Manager of Dental Health in the Department of Health and Community Services, Victoria. Attributed to water fluoridation, fluoride toothpaste and increased availability of Dental Services.
The Victorian Dental Service (SDS) was introduced in 1922 but only began to provide comprehensive care in the late 1970's when Dental Therapist were introduced. "With their excellent skills for working with apprehensive children, Dental Therapists encourage lifelong habits of good dental health" Sue Sestan, Principal Dental Therapist.
From the records of folder 1998-1999 Vic Dental Therapy Association.
Two copies.
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Object detail

25 Mar 1996
40.5 x 29.3 cm (folded)
40.5 x 60.0 cm (open)
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Gift of Victorian Dental Therapist Association Inc, 2023
Object Type
newspaper articles
Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum Category


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