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Free dental care on-site at local schools

26 Aug 2019

 

Over the next 12 months at least 50 primary schools in the Penrith, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury Local Government Areas will participate in a new program bringing free dental care directly to kids in the community.

The initiative allows for safe, portable dental equipment to be set up on school grounds and can provide children with a comprehensive examination, dental cleaning, fluoride treatment and fissure sealants, all performed by a qualified clinician.

Find out more about the Primary School Mobile Dental Program on the NSW Health website.

While not all schools participate in the program, all children registered on a Medicare card in NSW have access to free general dental care.

The Nepean Centre for Oral Health operates clinics in Penrith, Windsor, Katoomba and Lithgow and appointments can be made by calling 4734 2387 or 1300 769 221.

Top tips to prevent decay:

  • Brush twice a day. Once in the morning after breakfast, and once again just before bed.
  • From infancy, have regular dental check-ups every six to twelve months.
  • Spit out the toothpaste but don’t rinse out your mouth with water. This gives the fluoride a chance to re-mineralise weakened areas of the tooth structure.
  • Like all medications, fluoride should be used in the correct proportions. From 18 months of age introduce a low fluoride toothpaste, smearing just a small amount on the toothbrush. Once permanent teeth are beginning to grow through, use a pea sized amount of an adult strength toothpaste.