What is oral health?
Oral health is the absence of active disease in the mouth. Oral health conditions include bad breath, gum disease, dry mouth and tooth decay. Dental diseases are generally preventable with good oral health care.
How do we help children with oral health and dental problems?
Oral Health/Dentistry services are provided across the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network (SCHN) with service delivery highly networked and integrated with other service providers. Tertiary dental services operate at The Children's Hospital at Westmead (CHW) and Sydney Children's Hospital (SCH) and form key components of the paediatric service at each campus.
CHW Oral Health has a well defined tertiary role. Staff Specialists in paediatric dentistry provide tertiary inpatient consultative services and outpatient support services to the emergency department, inpatient units and to speciality outpatient clinics. The service is highly integrated with the Westmead Centre for Oral Health (Westmead Dental Hospital).
The Department of Dental and Oral Surgery at Prince of Wales and Sydney Children’s Hospitals is a shared service between the two hospitals. The department has a well defined tertiary role and provides tertiary inpatient and outpatient support services to the emergency departments, inpatient units and to speciality outpatient clinics with approximately one third of the departmental throughput being paediatric.