Oral Health Australia 

This presentation aired on the 19th of March 2020 in time for World Oral Health Day.

The aim was to give non-dental health professionals an insight to the state of oral health in Australia. Our presenters Mr Ian Epondulan and Ms Lyn Carman discuss how health professionals may navigate in our current health system towards a holistic approach in patient centred care through appropriate screening and referral.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Outline the oral health status of all Australians at different age groups
  2. Describe key research findings on impact of oral diseases on other medical conditions
  3. List key risk factors affecting oral diseases
  4. Summarise the roles and functions of key dental practitioners and services in Australia
  5. Identify appropriate oral health referral pathways for at risk patients and groups

Resource Links

Presentation Slides - Download slides

World Oral Health Day (WOHD)www.worldoralhealthday.org
World Oral Health day is celebrated on March 20 each year and is the largest global awareness campaign on oral health.

Oral Health Care for Older People in NSW - Download Toolkit
This toolkit has oral health information that can be used alongside a partnership with oral health professionals to prevent and minimise health conditions associated with older adults. It also contains an Oral Health Screening tool. 

Better Oral Health in Residential Care
These portfolios were developed in 2009 by the Better Oral Health in Residential Care Project, led by the SA Dental Service and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. They focus on improving oral health in residential care and have portfolios tailored to different health professionals working in residential care. Download the portfolios below:
Professional Portfolio: for GP's and RN's
Staff Portfolio: for nurses and care workers

Oral Health Screening Tools

The following links are to oral health screening tools, while these all have common features some are tailored to children and younger patients and some are more detailed. It is important to review the tools and find one that will fit with your area of practice

Safety Net Medical Home Initiative - Rapid Oral Health Screening and Risk Assessment Tool 

South Australian Dental Services - Oral Health Assessment Tool  

American Academy of Paediatrics - Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool 

Oral Health Assessment of Older Adults: The Kayser-Jones Brief Oral Health Status Examination (BOHSE) - Oral health assessment tool for nurses

UK Oral Health -  Assessment Tool

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Oral risk assessment checklist  and Oral health risk assessment, screening and follow up form