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The Dental Council is a regulatory authority created by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. The Dental Council ensures that oral health practitioners meet and maintain standards in order to protect the health and safety of the New Zealand public. Oral health practitioners regulated by the Dental Council are dentists, dental specialists, dental therapists, dental hgygienists, oral health therapists, clinical dental technicians, dental technicians and orthodontic auxiliaries. On the Dental Council website you can search the register for all oral health practitioners registered in New Zealand; find disciplinary decisions about registered oral health practitioners; learn your rights as a patient and raise concern or make a complaint about an oral health practitioner. www.dcnz.org.nz
Good oral health is vital for your general health and well-being. Poor oral health and pain and suffering in the mouth can have a significant impact on quality of life. NZDA's site gives information on common dental problems, treatments and oral health care for all age groups and includes dental trauma advice.
Often the first place children learn healthy oral hygiene habits is at home. The ADA encourages parents to visit Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® and browse through the oral health information. You will find helpful tips to help you and your children care for their teeth along with some fun educational games and activities.