Oral Health - Healthy Smiles for Two – Antenatal Dental Service

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The Healthy Smiles for Two pilot project gives eligible pregnant women who live in the North West of Tasmania priority dental appointments at an Oral Health Services Tasmania clinic in the North West.

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Scope

The pilot project commenced on Monday 1 August 2016. This poster about the program can be displayed in waiting rooms.

Eligibility is defined as those with a current Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card; or those under 18 years of age.

Patients under 18 are free, and for adult patients there is a cost of $44 per appointment.

Oral Health Services Tasmania have designed a brochure about oral health and pregnancy which can be given to all pregnant women regardless of eligibility to the service.

As part of the program Oral Health Services Tasmania will provide dental check-ups for the baby at 12 and 18 months of age, and provide preventive advice to minimise oral health risks for the child.

For further information and evidence about the importance of oral health during pregnancy, please see the Health Professionals Information Fact Sheet.

Referral process

To be referred to Oral Health Services Tasmania, patients must meet the eligibility criteria as defined above.

A referral is required using the attached referral form and is to be emailed to dental.devonport@ths.tas.gov.au

Oral Health Services Tasmania will contact the patient to make an appointment within four weeks of receipt of referral, and to time with their 2nd – 3rd trimester.

If the referral indicates that the patient is experiencing pain, they will be scheduled an appointment within two days of receipt of the referral.