Doomadgee school kids to have Deadly Smiles tele-dental program

DEADLY SMILES: NWHHS dentist Alison Walker with Ceara Doomadgee inside the Gidgee Healing Dental Van at a 2016 Deadly Smiles event at Krutschnitt Oval with the Oral Health team. Photo: supplied
DEADLY SMILES: NWHHS dentist Alison Walker with Ceara Doomadgee inside the Gidgee Healing Dental Van at a 2016 Deadly Smiles event at Krutschnitt Oval with the Oral Health team. Photo: supplied

Doomadgee is about to get some healthy new smiles thanks to the North West Hospital and Health Service (NWHHS)’s Oral Health team, working in partnership with Gidgee Healing,

The team will be on site at Doomadgee State School for six weeks from Monday October 16, providing dental check-ups, treatment and advice about how to keep “Deadly Smiles”.

Some of the NWHHS oral health team with the Gidgee Dental van at a previous Deadly Smiles event. Photo: supplied

Some of the NWHHS oral health team with the Gidgee Dental van at a previous Deadly Smiles event. Photo: supplied

Dr Rachael Seadon, Senior Dentist at the NWHHS, said it is the first collaborative project with Lower Gulf Strategy partner, Gidgee Healing, and for the first time includes tele-dental technology.

“Our multidisciplinary dental teams include a dental therapist, oral health therapist and a dentist with a special interest in paediatric dentistry and they will set up on site at the Doomadgee State School, with the Gidgee Healing dental van,” Dr Seadon said.

“Our aim is to provide children in the Doomadgee community with the highest quality dental care available, supported at all times by an experienced dentist based at Mount Isa Hospital, via innovative tele-dental technology.”

Janelle Wolland-Ropiha (14), Roparti Iasona-Ropiha (7) and mum Maria Ropiha wait outside the Gidgee Healing Dental Van at a Deadly Smiles event in 2016. Photo: supplied

Janelle Wolland-Ropiha (14), Roparti Iasona-Ropiha (7) and mum Maria Ropiha wait outside the Gidgee Healing Dental Van at a Deadly Smiles event in 2016. Photo: supplied

This new technology utilises a small intra-oral camera which can scan teeth and mouths, and a video link with a dentist in Mount Isa.

“Tele-dentistry is currently in the pilot stages,” Dr Seadon said.

“Once it is rolled out across the health service, this innovative technology will dramatically improve access to dental consultation services in regional and remote areas.”

The team is also planning to provide oral health promotion advice and activities.

“This will help kids learn how to look after their teeth at home and maintain their Deadly Smiles for life.”