On 11 August 2019, Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos announced the first 22 schools to be visited this term, before the free dental program is progressively rolled out across the state by 2022. The first schools are in Box Hill, Barwon South, Cranbourne and Wodonga.
The Smile Squad vans will provide free check-ups and treatment including teeth cleaning, fluoride applications, fillings and any other non-cosmetic treatments to make sure our kids have healthy teeth.
When it comes to oral health, early prevention is the key. That’s why the program is so important – it stops emerging oral health issues in their tracks, keeping kids healthy and happy, dental bills down and avoids a trip to the hospital emergency department.
The Victorian Budget 2019/20 includes $321.9 million for the free dental care program.
Once the full fleet of Smile Squad vans hit the road in 2022, it will provide free check-ups and dental treatment for about 650,000 school kids every year. Around 500 dentists, oral health therapists and dental assistants will be employed to staff the vans.
View the media release in full.
More information visit the Smile Squad website.