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A guide for people with a disability, their family carers, friends and advocates

Very few oral health resources exist for people with intellectual disability. Your Dental Health: A Guide for People with a Disability, Their Family Carers, Friends and Advocates raises the bar in oral health promotion. It is a guide written for Australians with intellectual disability that outlines how to look after your teeth and gums. It demystifies dental care, introduces people to public and private options, and tells you what to expect during a visit to the dentist.

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Being Inclusive

A message for dentists by dentists

Dentistry & Disability

A video for all Australian dentists produced in partnership with Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria and Monash Health. A guide to ensuring people with intellectual disability receive all the support they need to achieve sustained optimal oral health.

Visiting the dentist

Getting a Dental Checkup

This video tells you what happens at a visit to the dentist.

Types of Dental Equipment

This video is about the tools the dentist uses when they clean your teeth.

The Dental X-Ray Machine

This video is about the dental x-ray machine. (It might sound scary – but it’s actually pretty cool!)

Looking After Your Teeth at Home

How to Brush Your Teeth

How to Floss Your Teeth

Fixing Your Smile

Getting a Filling

Getting Your Teeth Straightened

Oral health planning forms for dental practitioners and people with intellectual disability

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Oral Health Assessment Form

Dentists can use this form to outline dental issues, support needs, treatment, and follow up protocols for the patient. This form can be directly communicated to general practitioners and allied health professionals allowing for a shared understanding of the link between oral health and overall health in the patient’s life.

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Home Oral Care Form

Dentists can use this form to outline the ideal home care for the patient. This form is best completed with the input of the patient and any supporters who accompany them to the appointment. The form provides clear, simple directions for supporters so that they can gather helpful information using observation between appointments.