DHSV provides translated oral health resources to support diverse communities

Melbourne (Tribune International, DHSV Release, 30 July 2020): Healthy habits start in childhood. This Dental Health Week (3-9 August) Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) is pleased to launch a new resource that supports the diverse languages of families and children, providing dental care information to help get kids off to a healthy start.

Launching during Dental Health Week (3-9 August), the ‘How to Brush’ resource is a simple yet effective child-centred instructional video that was developed through a collaborative effort with early childhood professionals.

The video has been translated in Arabic, Burmese, and Vietnamese, the three top languages spoken in Victoria, to positively engage more families with young children in toothbrushing –a habit that will support healthy teeth for life.

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

“Sharing health messaging is especially important during the coronavirus pandemic. Reaching more families with translated resources is a positive step in spreading the word about strong oral health habits,” said Sue.

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

DHSV collaborated with the City of Melbourne Library Service and early childhood professionals to create the fun video resource which was developed to be played 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. The suite also features a toothbrushing guide ‘Let’s brush!’ and a toothbrushing chart ‘It’s fun to brush!’.

For more information, contact:

Richard Startari – Brand and Communications Manager

Dental Health Services Victoria

richard.startari@dhsv.org.au  | T: 9341 1361

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