Children in the Gulf of Carpentaria region will have no excuse not to have their best smiles on display for the rest of the year.
That’s because an important new program is coming their way from this week.
The North West Hospital and Health Service (NWHHS)’s Oral Health team, working in partnership with Gidgee Healing, will be providing oral health services to children in Doomadgee.
The team will be on site at the Doomadgee State School for six weeks from Monday October 16.
There they will be providing dental check-ups and treatment as well as providing great advice about how to keep “Deadly Smiles”.
Dr Rachael Seadon, Senior Dentist at the NWHHS, said it was the first collaborative project with the health service’s Lower Gulf Strategy partner, Gidgee Healing, and will include innovative tele-dental technology, for the first time.
“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.”
This new technology utilises a small intra-oral camera.
The camera can scan teeth and mouths.
The technology also uses a video link with a dentist in Mount Isa.
Dr Seadon said tele-dentistry was currently in the pilot stages.
“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,” she said.
The team is also planning to provide oral health promotion advice and activities while on site in Doomadgee.
“This will help kids learn how to look after their teeth at home and maintain their Deadly Smiles for life,” Dr Seadon said.