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GPs & Practice team

Over 70 per cent of Victorian children under five have never visited a dentist [i], and yet in a child’s first year of life they see a general practitioner almost 11 times [ii]. Supporting general practitioners and practice nurses to incorporate oral health when seeing families with young children could help to tackle Australia’s most common chronic illness, tooth decay.

Referring patients


When to refer
  
 When to refer
  • Non-healing ulcers
  • Mucosal colour changes, white, red or speckled
  • Facial swelling
  • Heavy oral haemorrhage
  • Trauma to the mouth
  • Dental pain
  • Gingival bleeding
  • Bad breath

Recommend a regular check-up, even if there is no pain.

 
Contact us
 How to refer

Please contact us for emergencies, referral or general enquiries.

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Patients with special needs
  
 Patients with special needs

A special care unit is available at The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne.

iconSpecial needs dental health services and application form

iconServices for homebound patients (Domiciliary) and application form

 
 
 
 
 
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Referring patients who cannot consent themselves
  
 Patients who can't consent themselves

For assistance with referring patients who cannot consent to medical and dental treatment, please refer to the Office of the Public Advocate (Victoria).

iconVisit the Office of the Public Advocate (Victoria) website

 
 
 
 



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Dental services


Public Dental Services
  
 Public dental services

Dental care is provided at The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne[icon](Carlton) and over 80 community dental clinics across the state.

To access general, denture or specialist care through the public dental system, patients will need to be eligible[icon].

Anyone can receive emergency dental care through The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne (Carlton).

 
icon View the public dental services available
 
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Private Dental Services
  
 Healthy together advisory service
  • Find private dental services:
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  • Online at www.whitepages.com.au [icon].
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  • In the telephone directory’s Yellow Pages under ‘Dentists’.
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  • Via the Australian Dental Association (Victorian Branch)
 
 


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Resources for you


The links between oral health and general health
  
Links between oral and general health Studies show that poor oral health is connected to major chronic diseases. This report released by Dental Health Services Victoria explains how dental health is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, stroke, dementia and adverse pregnancy outcomes.
 
iconRead links between oral and general health [PDF - 1,396 KB]
 
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Early detection of oral cancer
  
Oral cancer screening video

Early detection of oral cancer can save a patient’s life. Oral cancer screening forms part of every comprehensive, periodic and limited oral examination. It takes only a short time and is an integral element of routine care. In this short video, Professor Michael McCullough, Oral Medicine Specialist, Melbourne Dental School, University of Melbourne demonstrates how to conduct oral cancer screening.

 
YouTube iconWatch the video
 
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Pregnancy and oral health
  
Pregnancy and oral health This fact sheet provides important information to help GPs understand the importance of oral health during pregnancy and provide evidence-based care and advice to pregnant women.
 
icon View the pregnancy and oral health fact sheet [PDF - 740 KB]
 
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Early childhood and oral health
  
Oral health - an essential part of care in early childhood This early childhood fact sheet is designed to support GPs to integrate oral health in their professional practice.
 
icon View the early childhood fact sheet [PDF - 629 KB]
 
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Lift the lip video (New Zealand Dental Association)
  
Lift the lip Lift the lip – a quick technique to check the health of children’s teeth. It is part of the Commonwealth Healthy Kids Check, and is included in the RACGP Guidelines for Clinical Preventative Activities in GP Practice as part of the general physical examination of children.
 
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CPD online training - Early childhood oral health: case studies from general practice
  
CPD online training

This online activity supports general practitioners and practice nurses to effectively perform their critical role in identifying, preventing and managing early childhood caries.

This activity was developed by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) & the Centre for Oral Health Strategy NSW. Participation has 2 QA&CPD Program Category 2 points and 1 Royal College of Nursing Australia Continuing Nurse Education point.

Access is free to RACGP and their affiliate members via the RACGP website icon or directly via the GPLearning websiteicon .

 
 
 
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New Commonwealth Antenatal Care Guidelines
  
Antenatal guidelines Oral health has now been included as part of the first antenatal care visit.
 
icon Visit the Department of Health website
 
 


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Information for your patients

PDFGeneral dental health advice

PDFFull DHSV resource library
DHSV offers a number of oral health fact sheets, tip cards and guides on how to care for teeth at all ages at our resource library.
 


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[i] Department of Human Services 2007 Victorian Child Health and Wellbeing Survey Technical Report, 2006
[ii] Goldfeld, S., Wright, M. and Oberklaid, F. (2003), Parents, infants and health care: Utilization of health services in the first 12 months of life. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 39: 249–253