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September 2021

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Dental health tips for Aboriginal families

Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) has launched new oral health resources – with ‘deadly’ ambassadors – that celebrate the culture and language of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Deadly Tooth Tips series was designed with Aboriginal artist Madison Connors to help schools, dental services, local communities and early years services share crucial messaging about keeping teeth and bodies healthy.

‘We are committed to working with Aboriginal communities to improve the oral health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,’ said DHSV Chief Executive Officer Sue McKee.

‘Resources like Deadly Tooth Tips help to raise awareness and support Aboriginal families to care for their children’s oral health.’

The resources feature Australian animals chosen as child-friendly ambassadors to represent key dental health Drink Well, Eat Well and Clean Well themes.

The names of the animal ambassadors honour the language of the Yorta Yorta people – Wala (water), Dhuna (eat) and Dirran (teeth).

Resources include Deadly Tooth Tips, social media tiles, toothbrushing chart and a colour-in version of the toothbrushing chart.