The alarming prevalence of infant tooth extractions and the causes of child tooth decay were the subject of the winning entries for this year’s Australian Dental Association (ADA) Media Awards.
The recipients of the Excellence in Dental Journalism Awards for stories produced in 2018, were Fiona Pepper and Jane Barry, each receiving $5000.
Pepper, an ABC radio journalist/producer based in Victoria who produced an 11 minute segment on childhood teeth extractions for Radio National’s Life Matters program, won the awards’ electronic category.
Barry is a midwife, child health nurse and health writer based in Queensland who wrote two articles—one on the link between a pregnant mother’s oral health and her baby’s health, and another on childhood tooth decay and preventive measures.
“With these awards we aim to encourage journalists and producers to reach out to a wide audience in ways that promote optimum oral health goals for the readers, viewers and listeners, as well as draw attention to the issues facing the dental profession around the nation,” ADA president Dr Carmelo Bonanno said.
The Awards attracted entries from TV, radio, websites, metro and regional newspapers and magazines around Australia.
This article sourced from an ADA press release.