Keeping a healthy mouth is more than just about your teeth. Your mouth is the gateway to your body and is an important part of your general health and well-being. Good oral health helps to protect your body by reducing the risk of some infections and diseases.
A healthy mouth helps with eating, drinking and generally making you feel good about yourself.
Dental problems can cause pain, tooth sensitivity, discomfort when eating and sleeping.
When children are little, it is the best time for them to learn lifelong habits.
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If you have diabetes ensure you follow your treatment plan to keep diabetes under control. This will decrease your risk of other complications, including gum disease.
For more information on chronic disease visit Integrated oral health.
For more information on how to keep your teeth and your family's teeth healthy visit Healthy Habits for a Healthy Mouth.
Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) deliver a holistic and culturally appropriate health services to communities. Some ACCHOs provide dental care for their patients. Each ACCHO may have different eligibility criteria and appointment processes for their dental programs such as:
Contact your local ACCHO for more information.
The Dalarinji Oral Health Clinic in Sydney offers support state-wide to provide high quality oral health care in a safe and respectful environment.
Free dental care is available at NSW public dental clinics for:
Some NSW Public Dental Services have specific programs for Aboriginal people. Contact your local clinic to find out more.
Children 2-17 years old may also be eligible for some basic free dental care through the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS). Dental care using CDBS can be used through the public dental service or private dental sector.
To find a private dentist visit Find-a-Dentist.