Lift the Lip is a public oral health awareness and prevention program that aims to reduce tooth decay through early intervention.
Child health nurses are being trained and equipped with resources to identify dental disease in young children and provide preventative oral health advice to families during child health nurse check ups. Further, as part of the program, child health nurses can now refer children directly to dental practitioners for free dental treatment.
The program launched at Browns Plains Community Centre and will be introduced progressively across the Brisbane metropolitan area during 2016.
The program was developed in partnership between Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Metro South Oral Health Services, and Child and Youth Community Health Service.
Good oral health is an essential part of good general health and well-being and is important for all Queenslanders. Unfortunately, the levels of tooth decay in Queensland are far too high.
Individuals, families, communities all suffer the burden of tooth decay through pain and discomfort, poor self-esteem, lost hours at school and work and expensive treatment options.