Oral health programs

Primary schools


School children eating fruit

Data released in 2010 showed that fourteen per cent of Victorian children aged five to eight years had teeth filled, six per cent had teeth extracted and a further six per cent required treatment under general anaesthetic in hospital¹.

Early childhood is when many lifetime habits are established and offers the opportunity to prepare for good health in later years. As young children learn and develop they are constantly exposed to new experiences and respond by developing new behaviours and skills².

Primary schools are ideal settings for promoting good oral health and general wellbeing.


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The Achievement Program

The Achievement Program is a Victorian Government initiative which aims to encourage healthier lifestyles and prevent disease linked to lifestyle.

External website icon Find out more about the Achievement Program for primary schools


Achievement program benchmarksHealthy eating and oral health benchmarks

Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) has supported the development of the healthy eating and oral health benchmarks for primary schools.

External website icon View the healthy eating and oral health benchmarks



Supporting resources

DHSV has a range of resources to help schools learn about oral health and assist them to meet the healthy eating and oral health benchmarks.

link Educators – primary and secondary page


¹ Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, 2010, ‘The state of Victoria’s Children 2010’,Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria, viewed on 2 November 2012
² Dental Health Services Victoria, 2010, Oral Health Information for Maternal and Child Health Nurses,Dental Health Services Victoria, Melbourne