Oral health messages for the Australian public. Findings of a national consensus workshop


  • National Oral Health Promotion Clearing House

    1. Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health, School of Dentistry, The University of Adelaide, South Australia.
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  • Held in Adelaide, South Australia, 30 November–1 December 2009.

Professor Kaye Roberts-Thomson
School of Dentistry
The University of Adelaide
122 Frome Street
Adelaide SA 5005
Email: kaye.robertsthomson@adelaide.edu.au


The Australian National Oral Health Plan 2004–2013 noted the importance of oral health promotion in improving oral health and stated that broad agreement was required on a consistent suite of evidence-based oral health promotion messages. Consistent messages are needed to avoid confusion among the public and to assist the advocacy for oral health being integrated into general health promotion. A workshop was held to examine the scientific evidence and develop consensus oral health messages for the Australian public which are in line with the general health messages recommended by Australian health authorities.