Oral health publications

Ministry of Health publications on oral health.


  • fluoride cover.
    Published 10 September 2013
    Community water fluoridation is an effective, safe and affordable way to prevent and reduce tooth decay for everyone.
  • Published 24 May 2012
    Tatau Niho Māori: Oral health of Māori 2009 is a spinning wheel that provides selected indicators from the New Zealand Oral Health Survey 2009 for Māori and non-Māori.
  • Prevention and Management of Dental Caries in Children: Guidance in Brief
    Published 27 January 2012
    Guidance is provided for oral health professionals on the latest evidence-based and best-practice approaches to the prevention and management of dental caries (decay) in children.  It includes
  • Oranga Waha cover image
    Published 25 March 2011
    Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare (University of Otago, Wellington) and seven community group partners identify research priorities to lead to improved oral health for Māori and reduced inequalities, with particular reference to low income Māori adults, older Māori, and Māori with disabilities, special needs or who are medically compromised.
  • Published 02 March 2011
    This research report presents information on the status of the Māori dental therapy workforce, and analyses the needs of this workforce over the next eight years. The research takes into account: 0-17 year-old Māori population projections; oral health service requirements; the supply of Māori dental therapists; educational pathways to dental therapy; and the dental therapy working environment.
  • Published 02 March 2011
    This report presents findings of the 2007 Māori Oral Health Providers Project. The project comprised five Māori health providers receiving one-off Ministry funding to deliver oral health services.  Four providers built Mobile Dental Units and one provider developed a two-chair static clinic. The providers then signed contracts with DHBs for the support and delivery of new oral health services and/or to maintain or expand their existing oral health services.
  • Healthy Mouth, Healthy Ageing cover image
    Published 10 January 2011
    This guide provides an overview of topics that are of particular relevance to providing oral health care for older people. With a greater knowledge of these areas, caregivers will be able to provide excellent assistance for people in their care.
  • Healthy Smiles, Healthy Child
    Published 10 January 2011
    This training curriculum and Guide is prepared for New Zealand Well Child/Tamariki Ora providers. The Guide aims to reduce oral health inequality by offering Well Child service providers information and understanding to provide early anticipatory guidance about the prevention of early childhood caries.
  • Published 02 December 2010
    This methodology report details the procedures and protocols followed to ensure the 2009 New Zealand Health Oral Health Survey produced the high-quality and robust data expected of official statistics.
  • Our Oral Health cover image
    Published 02 December 2010
    The 2009 New Zealand Oral Health Survey is the first nationwide survey to collect information on the oral health status of New Zealand adults and children in over 20 years. This report presents key clinical and self-reported findings from the survey, focusing on oral health status, protective factors and service utilisation among the New Zealand population.
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