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An oral health program for schoolchildren in Timor L’Este — where an estimated one in seven rural children has painful infections, broken teeth and abscesses — will receive a boost from a new University of Melbourne scholarship. 

A project looking at the oral health of children from migrant backgrounds found there are many significant barriers for parents accessing mainstream dental services and oral health information.

Losing teeth is not an inevitable consequence of ageing according to researchers in the Oral Health CRC at the University of Melbourne.