Brushing up for Dental Health Week

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Healthy habits start in childhood. To celebrate Dental Health Week (3-9 August), the team at Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) is pleased to launch a resource to help get kids off to a healthy start. 

The ‘How to Brush’ resource is a simple yet effective child-centred instructional video that was developed in conjunction with early childhood professionals. The video positively engages families with young children about the importance of developing good oral health habits that will set kids up for life. 

“Learning good oral hygiene habits at a young age is incredibly important for long-term oral health,” DHSV chief executive officer Sue McKee said. 

“Talking to children about the best way to brush their teeth helps them play an active role in developing lifelong healthy habits such as handwashing and brushing your teeth,” McKee said.  

To assist more families in developing the skills required to improve oral health outcomes, the video has also been translated into ArabicBurmese and Vietnamese, the top three languages spoken in Victoria. 

DHSV collaborated with the City of Melbourne and early childhood professionals to create the fun video resource which was developed to be played in the bathroom while children brush.

The video features Tash from the City of Melbourne and her friend Chomper—a very smiley crocodile—and uses child-friendly cues to help young children learn the necessary skills and take an active role in brushing their teeth. 

The ‘How to Brush’ video forms part of a suite of resources aimed at supporting families with toothbrushing. These include a toothbrushing guide ‘Let’s brush!’ and a toothbrushing chart ‘It’s fun to brush!’. 

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