The Ministry of Health's vision is for an environment that promotes oral health, whether through fluoridated water, a healthy diet, or publicly funded services, staffed by a multidisciplinary workforce that actively addresses the needs of those at greatest risk of poor oral health.
In this future, oral health is recognised as an important part of general good health. Links between oral health services and other health care ensure that oral health is promoted, improved, maintained and, where necessary, restored at the earliest opportunity.
Good oral health for all, for life, starts with promoting oral health for the youngest and most vulnerable members of our society. Ensuring that oral health services are accessible and responsive to the needs of children and their families and whanau is the first step in accomplishing that objective.
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