Sun Smiles still expanding

OPEN WIDE: Mitchell Styles, 11, gets the Sun Smiles treatment from Shantelle Styles, founder John Brabant, and Whitney Wishart. The program has received $10,000.

OPEN WIDE: Mitchell Styles, 11, gets the Sun Smiles treatment from Shantelle Styles, founder John Brabant, and Whitney Wishart. The program has received $10,000.

Sun Smiles founder John Brabant is continuing to push the NSW state government to adopt his program, but has secured $10,000 in funding from the Wrigley Foundation in the meantime.

The preventative treatment has accessed 1130 more students since it began in 2012 and will soon be available at Lavington Public School.

Mr Brabant said the University of Sydney had used a PhD student to research the effectiveness of the program.

“Sussan Ley is on board but the money for dental comes from the federal level, which gets divided out to the states, and the states run the dental program,” he said.

“We have to convince (the NSW Premier) Mike Baird to introduce it into NSW first.”

Mr Brabant said getting backing from the state government “wouldn’t happen overnight”.

“This makes things like the Wrigley grant so important for us to keep going and expand,” he said.

“If you can prevent kids from getting decay, you’ve solved most of the problem and prevented billions of dollars on the other end.”

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