Introduction to Mob Smiles®
Mob Smiles® was created by First Nations people for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and adults. The development of the Mob Smiles® resources was led by Ms Kirrily Phillips, a proud Gumbaynggirr woman, and Oral Health Therapist. An all-Indigenous group created the name, logo, and information of the resources.
The Mob Smiles® resources provide information on how to care for your teeth and gums and habits to keep good mouth health. There are posters, brochures and fact sheets for bubbas, teenagers, pregnant women, and elders.
The graphic design work is by Gaala Watson from Humanize Media and photographs taken by Meleika Gesa.
Mob Smiles® Resources
Healthy drink choices
Sugary drinks such as soft drink and fruit juice can include a lot of sugar. The sugar can cause teeth to rot and decay. Make the change to water for a healthy mouth and body.
The video below was created by the Australian Dental Association and the Indigenous Dentists' Association of Australia (IDAA).
The artwork story
The cultural artwork featured on teeth.org.au was commissed by the Australian Dental Association.
The four misshapen orbs highlighted in white resemble front teeth and symbolise the four themes integral to the work of the ADA.
The four themes include:
- Having a healthy and happy smile
- Achieving a healthy and happy smile through a holistic health approach
- Activities to achieve holistic health including eating healthy, happiness, a healthy lifestyle, drinking water
- Community health which contributes to an individual's overall health
The four orbs overlap and meet symbolising community and a holistic connection to health.
The ADA blue is highlighted with complementary colours which are youthful and engaging to encourage a healthy lifestyle.