11 April 2022

Prioritising oral health in the federal election

We're calling on all major parties in the federal election to prioritise oral health: to commit to better funding of our public system and to implement one of the key recommendations of the Aged Care Royal Commission which was to establish a Senior Dental Benefits Scheme.

Oral health is fundamental to overall health, wellbeing, and quality of life, and a healthy mouth enables people to eat, speak and socialise without pain, discomfort or embarrassment. Dental diseases lead to pain, discomfort and tooth loss, and can lead to difficulties with chewing, swallowing and speech. Poor oral health can lead to problems with nutrition and general health, disruptions to sleep and productivity and can be a barrier to full participation in society including the ability to gain employment. There are links between poor oral health and diseases including Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 

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