BENDIGO children will be among those to receive a fluoride boost, through a program designed to help Aboriginal children maintain good dental health.
The Loddon Mallee Fluoride Varnish program aims to help protect 600 Aboriginal children in schools, early years and childcare services, who are at heightened risk of tooth decay.
Bendigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative will deliver the program in partnership with community dental agencies and other Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.
The program provides twice-yearly fluoride varnish applications, oral health promotion and free tooth packs to Aboriginal children across the Loddon-Mallee.
Fluoride varnish applications can reduce tooth decay in children by as much as 37 per cent and prevent existing decay from progressing further.
Advanced tooth decay is 1.9 times more common in Aboriginal children than non-Aboriginal children.
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