Flying Dentists visit Victorian communities to provide free dental checks

Date published

01 Oct 2015

The RFDS team of volunteer dentists and a group of volunteer dental students from Bendigo recently visited the Shire of Gannawarra as part of a Rural Engaging Communities in Oral Health Project.

The team held dental screenings in kindergartens and primary schools and reinforced to children the importance of good oral health and also showed them how to look after their teeth.

By ruling out the fear of going to the dentist, the team aims to make dental checks as fun as possible for students.

Dr Robertson who has delivering a pro-bono dental health program in Vietnam for more than 20 years and has been volunteering with the Flying Doctor since it first launched the Mobile Dental Care program in 2012, said the mobile dental service is a cost effective way of supporting screening services in small communities in rural and regional Victoria.

The service focuses on Victorian communities that have limited access to dental services and are therefore at a higher risk of preventable oral health conditions.

Up next was a visit to the Mallee area on Monday 3 August 2015 when the Mobile Dental Care team spent a
week performing dental checks. The team of two dentists and three volunteer students studying a Bachelor of Oral Health from Melbourne University were supported by RFDS Mobile Dental Care clinical coordinator, Alison Avery.

Visiting several schools in Red Cliffs, they conducted a number of dental examinations and oral health education to students. The dentists also spent three days in the Murray Valley Aboriginal Cooperative dental clinic, where they provided treatment to patients to help reduce dental waiting lists in the area.