Oral health plan to guide action over next seven years

Oral health is on the agenda with the State Government developing a seven-year plan to help improve areas which are still in need.

Dental and community representatives were used to help form the plan.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Stephen Wade said oral health impacted on a person's general health.

"Reflecting this Government's focus on preventative health, the oral health plan will guide coordinated action over the next seven years to improve oral health, and help to deliver innovative, world-class care to improve the health and wellbeing of South Australians," he said.

SA Dental Service executive director Mark Chilvers said around one-in-five adults experienced moderate to severe gum disease while tooth decay was a common cause of potentially preventable hospital admissions in children under 10.

"The priorities of the plan include promoting oral health and nutrition, improving accessibility, and increasing the capacity of our workforce to meet the community's needs," Mr Chilvers said.

"We have also recently formed the Rural and Remote Oral Health Coalition focused on the planning and provision of oral health services in these communities."

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