Healthy Teeth, Healthy Kids
What if you had never known a day without toothache?
Brushing our teeth is a part of our everyday routine that many take for granted. But in reality, this daily activity is considered a luxury for many Aboriginal children in regional and remote areas of Australia.
Without access to toothbrushes and toothpaste, Aboriginal children are twice as likely to experience dental decay – and many cases go untreated. A child with a toothache can’t sleep, and if they do go to school, they will find it hard to concentrate in class. Poor oral health impacts school attendance, community participation, nutrition, and increases the likelihood of developing chronic disease later in life.
Our dental program at The University of Sydney's Poche Centre for Indigenous Health is making a difference in the lives of thousands of children but we need your help to continue this work.
If you gave $10 you could provide a tooth brushing kit for one child for a school term. This kit includes a biodegradable toothbrush and tube of toothpaste, a tooth brush container, a water bottle, health information colouring book and pencils, all in a drawstring backpack.
Each year The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health distributes 10,000 Healthy Teeth kits to Indigenous children across 30 communities. They employ new-graduate staff, including oral health therapists and graduate dentists, as well as local Aboriginal dental assistants and support staff. Poche clinicians make regular visits to rural and remote NSW, helping to promote healthy teeth and treat tooth decay.
The team at The Poche Centre are working to close the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, but there is still so much to do. With your help we can amplify the work of the Poche Centre, and provide this vital initiative to even more children in need. Please make a gift today.
The solution is so simple -
Give a child a toothbrush and help them towards a happier, healthier future.