New Zealand Children Missing Out On Dental Care

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Children in New Zealand are missing out on dental care, despite the fact that dental services are available free of charge, according to chief dental officer, Dr Robyn Haisman-Welsh.

Speaking at a World Oral Health Day event at a school in Gisborne, Dr Haisman-Welsh said that many children are not getting the treatment they need, despite the fact that dental services are free for children under the age of 18 years old.

Dr Haisman-Welsh said that it is important for children to see their dentist on a regular basis, as good oral health during childhood will set them up for healthy teeth and gums in their adult life.

Dental care has been free for children for many years in New Zealand and district health boards are on the verge of completing a major investment programme funded by the government.

The government has injected $116 million into the programme and an additional $36 million per year to cover running costs; the money is being used to upgrade and improve the current service for children and teenagers.

Dr Haisman-Welsh said that standards of oral health have improved over the last 25 years; however, there is still room for improvement, especially among children.

 

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October 30th, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Kat Says :

Dr. Haisman-Welsh is right. New Zealand does need to improve their oral healthcare program for children. It needs to start teaching our kids and parents more about current basic oral hygiene and how to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, so our kids can grow up healthy.

We’re doing our bit by building an oral health archive to help educate kiwis.

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