Supporting healthy smiles this Dental Health Week

An oral health educator inspects 6-year-old Danial's teeth for any dental problems. She holds a small mirror inside his mouth to inspect his teeth.

Did you know teeth are the only part of the human body that can’t repair itself? 

That’s why this Dental Health Week we’re out to spread the word about the importance of good dental hygiene. 

Monash Health Oral Health Educator Anne-Marie Tregonning, who has worked in the dental industry for almost 38 years, said engaging and coaching people on better oral health care was her passion. 

“I like the most when I can see a change in a person’s habit or behaviour, and when they really take on board my advice,” she said. 

“I often get people telling me they wish someone had of taught them how to brush their teeth correctly when they were younger, then they wouldn’t have the problems they have today – so that feedback is really encouraging.” 

Our talented team of oral health educators have been on a mission this week to teach local students how to brush their teeth properly and regularly, how to protect their teeth by educating them on the importance of eating the correct foods and to perform free dental screenings. 

Oral Health Educators Jessica Anbar and Mark Tseytlin helped teach a class of students at the Noble Park English Language School the proper way to brush your teeth.

“Encouraging people to come to the dentist and making sure it’s a positive experience for children to want to go is so important,” Ms Tregonning said. 

“Having a bright smile and being confident is so very important for their mental health.” 

Little 6-year-old Danial, pictured above, received his free dental screening at the Noble Park English Language School earlier this week. 

Students who required any dental work were given a free report and referral to have works completed at the Monash Health Dental Clinic at a later date. 

Ms Tregonning said early education and good habits were key to preventing future dental issues. 

“Unfortunately, by the time people come into our clinics, it’s often too late,” she said. 

“Doing this preventative and educational work will help reduce waiting lists in the future and improve general overall health as well.” 

Her most important tips to maintain your pearly whites were to eat well, drink well and clean well. 

“Make sure you’re brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day,” she said.