Oral health programs

Local government planning for oral health promotion

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Regional Oral health profiles

LGA oral health profiles

Dental Health Services Victoria in partnership with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has developed oral health profiles for local government to become more involved in promoting oral health in the community.

Statistical profile of each LGA include indicators relating to:

  • Tooth decay experience for children and adults attending public dental services
  • Potentially Preventable Hospitalisations (PPH) due to dental conditions for 0-4 year old children
  • Self-rated dental health
  • Last visit to a dental professional
  • Modifiable health risk behaviours that may impact oral health

The 2016 LGA oral health profiles are available for each LGA across the following regions:

(Click on the region to expand the oral health profile reports)

For further information on the LGA oral health profiles, please contact Dr Anil Raichur, anil.raichur@dhsv.org.au or 03 9341 1197.

Community water fluoridation

Community water fluoridation helps protect teeth against tooth decay, and is the most effective way of allowing everybody access to the benefits of fluoride. To find out if your community’s water is fluoridated, click on the button below.

Do you have fluoride in your tap water? Information for people without fluoride in their drinking water

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Improving oral health - local government action guide
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This action guide has been developed in partnership between Dental Health Services Victoria and the Department of Health & Human Services to help local government improve oral health.

Local government plays an important role in supporting the objectives of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008. Councils can make an impact on their residents' oral health by helping to create environments that promote oral health.

This guide outlines a range of evidence-informed actions that councils can consider when preparing their Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans, Municipal Early Years Plans and other strategies.

The proposed actions are consistent with the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan (VPHWP) 2015-2019; that identifies improving oral health as one of the key issues related to healthier eating and active living*.

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For further information please go to the municipal public health and wellbeing planning page on the Department of Health & Human Services website.

*External website iconVictorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015-2019