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Challenge goes out to ‘Switch to Water’ to mark National Oral Health Day, 6 November

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“Switch to Water” will be the focus for National Oral Health Day on 6 November this year.

The day’s aim is to raise the importance of oral health through education, advocacy and access to oral care.

As part of this year’s message the New Zealand Dental Association is launching a ‘call for action’ campaign called Switch to Water. The campaign calls for participants to take up the challenge to switch their sugary drinks to water for 30 days.

Soft drinks have no nutritional value and damage teeth. Even juice attacks teeth – and it is much better to eat fresh fruit and drink water. And water is free.

Former Silver Ferns player Irene van Dyk is this year’s campaign ambassador and she will be promoting the switch to drinking water message.

Dental professionals, including dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and their support staff from over 700 dental practices in New Zealand will be showing their patients the way by taking part in the 30-day Switch to Water challenge.

MDHB’s child and adolescent oral health service supports the national day, and urges parents, especially with children under 18 years, to work with their children to Switch to Water for the 30-day challenge.

Contact: Communications Unit (06) 350-8945

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