Dental Health Week is encouraging you to Watch Your Mouth this year


Sporting the cheeky tagline "Watch Your Mouth:, Dental Health Week (DHW), which runs from 6-12 August this year, is focusing on promoting the importance of good oral hygiene practices and the importance of regular dental visits.  

As part of the overall aim of raising awareness of the importance of oral health, the ADA is encouraging members to get involved in DHW through their practices, places of work and in the community, using a wide range of resources available via dentalhealthweek.com.au 

These resources include everything from bunting to presentation slides through to an event handbook and ideas for social media messaging, all of which are aimed at helping members stage their own high-engagement promotional activities. 

In previous years we have seen outstanding oral health promotion engagement activities by our members such as Dr Bernadette Pilkington who has been an active campaigner and supporter of DHW for the last few years.  

Leveraging the campaign beyond her own dental practice out into her community, she has staged events like a "Ladies Cancer Day" at her local golf club last year which was used to educate close to 200 attendees about the risk factors, signs and symptoms of oral cancer. 

Events like this illustrate how dental professionals can promote oral health messages across diverse community settings using the resources provided by the ADA to stage their own unique activities. 

Dr Pilkington used the DHW resources at her event, decorating the golf club with the bunting to promote the week and applying to the ADA for oral hygiene products to support the event. (Applications for this year's product offer close Friday 15 June  - apply now

“Dental Health Week is a great opportunity to reach out to your community and educate them about the importance of oral health and educate them about prevention. You can tailor your initiatives to your target audience and their life stages. The ADA’s resources for Dental Health Week and the brushes and pastes have been a great help in planning my initiatives and I encourage other members to plan an event with their community during this year’s campaign”, said Dr Bernadette Pilkington.