Panel created for national oral health

This month marks the launch of a new Oral Health Advisory Panel (OHAP) in Australia, which aims to highlight the importance of establishing good oral health habits from a young age.

A total of 10 panel members have been appointed to the OHAP, representing many different fields from dentistry to academia, public health advisors, dental and oral health therapists and many more.

Additionally, several leading organisations will also have a voice on the panel, including the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation and Colgate.

This is the first of its kind in the whole country and will work in partnership with Colgate to help improve oral health outcomes in Australia. The first inaugural meeting took place in Sydney late last month.

The creation of the discussion group has been welcomed by Australian Dental Association Federal President Dr Karin Alexander.

“It is exciting and very timely to see the establishment of such an esteemed independent panel, backed by an oral healthcare leader, given the challenges being faced within dental care in Australia today,” Dr Alexander said in an October 1 statement.

“There are synergies with the panel’s overriding aim of taking a holistic approach and the focus of the ADA. We look forward to supporting the panel’s work to help improve the oral health of all Australians.”

While brushing and flossing regularly are essential for maintaining good oral health, some issues may need specialist treatment to be resolved.

A cosmetic dentist is trained in performing a variety of procedures such as Invisalign and dental implants, which can improve not only the look and appearance of teeth but their function and overall health, as well.

Straight, even teeth are much easier to clean and therefore less prone to developing decay and infection, which can have a substantial effect on maintaining oral health.