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Family Education Oral Health 9:30am Session

Event date: 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 9:30am

Healthy smile, healthy life

Oral health is important for everyone’s health and wellbeing. A healthy mouth lets you eat, speak, laugh and smile free from pain and embarrassment. Having good oral health when you are young is the best way to make sure you have good oral health all the way through life.

Here are some good habits that will help your family have good oral health now and into the future:

  1. Clean Well

Clean mouth twice a day – in the morning and before bed

  • Clean your child’s mouth with a wet face washer or small soft toothbrush without toothpaste, until they are 18 months old
  • Brush your child’s teeth as soon as their first tooth shows up. Help them brush their teeth until they are 8 years old


  1. Drink Well

The best drink for a healthy mouth is tap water with fluoride

  • Babies should also drink breast milk or formula
  • Children can also drink plain milk without flavour or colour
  • Children should avoid juices, soft drinks and cordials


  1. Eat Well

Foods that are low in sugar help protect the mouth from nasty decay

  • Children should eat a range of foods from across all the food groups. Sweet foods should be avoided
  • Children over 2 years of age can have low fat yoghurt, milk and cheese


  1. Stay Well 

Regular check-ups help to keep oral health on track

  • Children should have their first oral health check-up by the age of 2
  • Don not wait for a problem. Having regular check-ups will help make sure your child always has good oral health


Did you know?

Under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule, your child may be able to get up to $1000 of ‘basic dental care’

This is free for children aged between 2 and 17 if they:

  • are eligible for Medicare, and
  • receive Family Tax Benefit A, or some other Australian Government payments

There is no extra costs for this care

Your child will be offered the next available appointment


To see if your child is eligible, or to make an appointment at a dentist near you, phone a Monash Health Community clinic on:


55 Buckingham Avenue, Springvale

    8558 9165


6B Henry Street

     5941 2644


122 Thomas Street, Dandenong

135 David Street, Dandenong

   1300 3 ICARE (1300 342 273)

Cranbourne Integrated Care Centre

140-154 Sladden Street, Cranbourne

   5990 6226

More information on taking care of your smile can be found at

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