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Indigie grins was a one-year research project that aimed to improve the oral health of Aboriginal youth aged 5-12 years in rural Western Victoria. It was funded by Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV), and led by Western District Health Service, the Melbourne Dental School at the University of Melbourne, and the Winda Mara Aboriginal Cooperative. It involved the delivery of oral health assessments, digital imaging and clinical assessment to Indigenous children. It also aimed to examine Indigenous cultural values and beliefs about oral health.
The project concluded that the Indigie grins model of care supported greater awareness, access and reinforcement of positive oral health behaviours among the Indigenous children and families who participated. Oral health indicators revealed significant improvement for image and preventative strategies for dental disease with the use of fissure sealants, extractions and restorations. Children and parents became more engaged with local dental services through collaboration and improved awareness of oral health factors.
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