Victorian school students in Maribyrnong will enjoy healthier and brighter smiles this year as the next phase of the Andrews Labor Government’s landmark Smile Squad free dental program gets underway.
Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne today announced local schools in Maribyrnong are being invited to join the program in 2020.
This means families in Maribyrnong are next on the list to receive free dental care and save hundreds of dollars every year.
The Smile Squad vans provide free check-ups and treatment to Victorian public school students, including teeth cleaning, fluoride application, fissure sealants, fillings, root canals and any other non-cosmetic treatments – to ensure our kids have healthy teeth.
The program, which started in August last year, is being expanded to include schools in Campaspe, East Gippsland, Macedon Ranges, Maribyrnong, Melton, Wangaratta and parts of Casey and Hume.
That means this year we’re inviting more than 300 schools to participate and offer free dental treatment to more than 100,000 additional Victorian students.
Poor dental care can lead to more serious health problems. Across Australia, a quarter of all children have untreated tooth decay and in Victoria, dental conditions are the highest single cause of preventable hospitalisations for kids under 10.
The Labor Government’s landmark $321.9 million free dental care program started six months ahead of schedule in August last year – driving down big dental costs for families.
Once fully rolled out in 2022, the program will provide examinations and dental treatment for more than 650,000 public school kids every year.
More information about the program can be found at smilesquad.vic.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Member for Williamstown Melissa Horne
“I encourage all local schools to take up the invitation to have Smile Squad vans visit them this year so all children can have the opportunity for free dental check-ups.”
“When it comes to oral health care, early prevention is the key and the Smile Squad program is designed to set our kids up with healthy habits for the rest of their lives.”
“Our kids deserve to have healthy happy smiles, but busy families can often struggle to find the time to get to the dentist. That’s why this program is so important.”