Oral health is an integral part of health and wellbeing and diet is a key factor in oral health. Dietitians and nutrition professionals can play a critical role in promoting good oral health practices in all areas of their work.
Resources for you
Dietitians Australia & Dental Health Services Victoria joint position statement
Dietitians Australia and Dental Health Services Victoria have developed a joint position statement on Interdisciplinary Collaboration between Accredited Practising Dietitians, Nutrition and Oral Health Professionals for Oral Health and Nutrition. The position statement outlines the evidence and actions that can be taken by oral health, nutrition and public health professionals to strengthen their practice through interdisciplinary collaboration across the life course and in various work settings.
The links between oral health and general health
Studies show that poor oral health is connected to major chronic diseases. This report released by Dental Health Services Victoria explains how dental health is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, stroke, dementia and adverse pregnancy outcomes.
Eat for health
Eat for health is a one stop shop for information about eating well. It houses the Australian Dietary Guidelines (2013) and includes a range of resources.
Referring to dental services
Public Dental Services
Dental care is provided at The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne (Carlton) and over 80 community dental clinics across the state. To access general, denture or specialist care through the public dental system, patients will need to be eligible . Anyone can receive emergency dental care through The Royal Dental Hospital of Melbourne (Carlton).
Private Dental Services
Some clients may choose to attend a private dentist. Clients should ask about fees when making an appointment. To find a local private dentist you can do a search on google or the Yellow Pages.