Fact Sheets

Our fact sheets cover a range of oral health topics. These resources are versatile and can be used in dental practices, other healthcare settings, schools, universities and more.

Ageing and oral health

Good oral health is important for the health and wellbeing of older people, particularly those with existing health conditions. This fact sheet explains how oral health can be maintained in to older age, and how carers play an important role.

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Caring for your child’s teeth

This fact sheet takes you through tips for caring for your child’s teeth – from six months of age to pre-schoolers.

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Child oral health – Information for GPs

This fact sheet provides oral health information for general practitioners.

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Choosing tap water

Drinking tap water is a great, inexpensive way to stay hydrated and have a healthy smile! This fact sheet explains why it's important to choose tap water over sugary drinks.

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Dental erosion

Dental erosion is caused by acid contacting and dissolving the tooth surface. Learn more about dental erosion and how to prevent it from this fact sheet.

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Dental myths

There are plenty of dental myths out there – but are they fact or fiction? This fact sheet reveals the truth about six common myths.

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Diabetes and periodontal (gum) disease – Information for GPs

This fact sheet provides oral health information for general practitioners.

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Do-it-yourself orthodontics – Information for patients

This fact sheet explains about DIY orthodontics and why it’s best to visit an orthodontist instead to ensure the best outcome for your teeth.

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Early childhood dental visits

This fact sheet explains when your child should begin visiting the dentist and why it’s important.

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Frequently asked questions about water flouridation

This fact sheet explains about water flouridation and why it’s good for your teeth.

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Fluoride toothpastes

The availability of fluoride-free toothpaste has increased in recent years. When making a choice about whether to use toothpaste with or without fluoride, it is important to weigh up all the facts. Learn more about fluoride toothpaste and its benefits in this fact sheet.

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Healthy eating for healthy teeth – exam time

When students are time poor, they may choose convenient snacks and meals that are high in sugar or fat. Eating unhealthy food can lead to poorer exam performance, but this fact sheet explains that there are plenty of healthy options that will fuel the brain, protect the teeth and keep them going!

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Healthy mouths, healthy kids

This fact sheet explains the steps to prevent childhood dental disease.

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Healthy snacks for healthy teeth

With so many foods being promoted as healthy, it can be tough to know just what is and what isn't. This fact sheet breaks it down to help you understand which foods and drinks are best for your teeth and overall health.

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Hidden sugars

With most processed foods and drinks containing large amounts of added sugar, it’s not surprising that many Australians have consumed more than the daily recommended limit of sugar before they have finished their breakfast! Learn how to identify the hidden sugars in the foods you eat in this fact sheet to prevent having too much sugar in your diet.

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How often should you see a dentist?

This fact sheet explains the frequency you should see a dentist.

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Oral health tips for the holiday season

The holiday season is full of treats. While no one wants to be the Grinch – taking a bit of care during festivities can help reduce the risks to your teeth. This fact sheet gives some handy tips to keep your smile looking (and feeling) fabulous during the holidays.

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Oral hygiene milestones

This chart shows how to care for your children's teeth up to eight years of age.

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Teeth grinding

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a repetitive jaw-muscle activity that involves clenching or grinding of the teeth or thrusting of the jaw. This fact sheet explains the signs and symptoms of teeth grinding, and how you can manage the condition to reduce damage to your teeth and pain.

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Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last permanent teeth to appear and can cause problems if left unchecked. Learn more about them in this fact sheet.

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