Establishing good oral hygiene and dietary habits have been proven to be essential to achieving and maintaining, overall physical and emotional well-being throughout life.
Oral Health can affect both physical and emotional well-being as it can impact upon appearance, interpersonal relations, diet, nutrition and speech.
In addition disease of the mouth can affect the rest of the body and is a contributing factor to a number of secondary conditions.
The Queensland Government is committed to improving the oral health of Queenslanders. Tooth decay has a significant impact on health and wellbeing and results in high personal and community costs. Tooth decay is largely preventable.
The Queensland Government tries to reduce tooth decay by:
- improving access to dental care
- making healthy food choices the easy choice
- increasing awareness about the importance of tooth brushing, fluoride toothpaste and regular dental check-ups
- allocating funding to help councils introduce water fluoridation.