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IT'S TIME TO GET INVOLVED IN ORAL
HEALTH PROMOTION -- 20 MARCH 2015
World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated every year on
20 March and is an initiative of FDI World Dental Federation.
This international day draws awareness to the benefits of a
healthy mouth and raises awareness of oral health, as well as
the impact of oral diseases on general health, well-being, and
The ADA is a proud member of FDI and encourages all
dentists to support and celebrate this year's WOHD campaign
'Smile for Life'.
FDI is urging government, dentists, health associations and
the media to dedicate time to promote oral health.
There are lots of ways to get involved and have some fun
along the way:
• Download and display the WOHD Poster!
Visit www.worldoralhealthday.org for this year's poster and
display it in your reception area or in the rooms of your practice.
• Use your marketing channels to promote the day through
World Oral Health Day provides a fantastic platform to
promote your practice and its activities with your patients
and your local community.
You can use social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter
and Pinterest to promote World Oral Health day by:
• Sharing resources from www.worldoralhealthday.org
• Posting and retweeting about WOHD, using the hashtag
• Liking and Sharing Facebook posts from
• Posting oral health information
Remember, there are certain risks
associated with social media, so it's
important you and your team read
and understand your obligations to
the Dental Board of Australia. Visit
download the Advertising and Social
Local papers and magazines love
'feel good' stories, so if you and your
dental team are holding an event for
World Oral Health Day, make sure you
contact your local newspaper and let
them know what you are up to.
There are lots of other simple things you and your team
can do to show support. Visit the World Dental Federation
website; they have a handy tool kit and more information
and ideas on how you can get involved.
Be sure to send us your creative WOHD ideas, activities, and
photos to email@example.com
Our ADA members did an amazing job in supporting ADA
Dental Health Week in 2014, so let's see how well we can do
with World Oral Health Day!
Oral Health Committee
CHANGES DVA OSSEO-INTEGRATED
DENTAL IMPLANT POLICY
The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) recently
reviewed its osseo-integrated dental implant policy.
Under DVA health care arrangements, single tooth dental
implants are only funded in exceptional circumstances; where
other options are not viable or if alternative options have
been tried and failed. Procedures must be clinically necessary
and sufficient clinical justification provided to DVA in all
applications using the appropriate forms. Applications for
cosmetic purposes will not be considered.
As a specialist or medical practitioner involved in the veteran's
regular treatment, you will be aware that you need to fill out a
DVA Medical History and Assessment form with each application.
The intent of DVA's policy for the use of Osseo-Integrated
Dental Implants is to replace a recently lost tooth and general
restrictions remain in place. For example, eligible veterans may
receive only two implants within a two year period and tooth
loss must have occurred within a reasonable time, generally,
less than three years. However, under the new arrangements,
where there is a clinical need for an implant and it can be
shown that sufficient bone exists to support the implant
consideration will be given to extending the three year period.
The updates to the DVA's policy give a degree of flexibility
for DVA to consider treatment options which provide better
clinical outcomes for eligible veterans. Under the new
guidelines, DVA will also consider the use of small cantilever
bridges and procedures requiring sinus lifts when clinically
appropriate to the dental treatment plan.
Further information including the Dental Implant Guidelines, is
available online: http://www.dva.gov.au/service_providers/dental_
Alternatively, the Medical and Allied Health team may be contacted
on (Metro) 1300 550 457 or (Non Metro) 1800 550 457, select
option 3 and then option 1.
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
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