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Oral Health Survey 2021

Oral Health Survey 2021 (“OHS 2021”) is a territory-wide survey conducted by Dental Service of the Department of Health commencing in November 2021. The objective is to collect updated and representative oral health information of the people in Hong Kong. In 2001 and 2011, the Department of Health had carried out similar oral health surveys. You can read the Oral Health Survey 2011 Reports through the link below.

2011 Oral Health Survey

In the present Oral Health Survey, the people of the following five groups will be selected randomly and be invited to participate. They are:

Department of Health has commissioned the Faculty of Dentistry, the University of Hong Kong to conduct questionnaire interview and oral examination for OHS 2021. The method of this survey will follow the basic methods recommended by the World Health Organization.

All data collected will only be used for research and statistical purposes. Survey results will only be released in aggregated form. All personal data and contact information collected will be kept strictly confidential. All staff involved in the fieldwork will carry a Staff Identity Card issued by Department of Health for the purpose of identification. Members of the public may call the OHS hotline 2859 0291 to verify the Staff’s identity if in doubt.

When conducting interviews and oral examinations, all contractor staff will adopt appropriate precautionary infection control measures according to the local situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you or your family member is invited to take part in the OHS 2021, please give us your support and keep your appointment. Your active participation is helpful for improving the oral health of the population in Hong Kong.

The public may get more information on the OHS 2021 via:

Notification of Change of Organization Name

Due to the re-organization of the Department of Health, ‘Oral Health Education Unit’ has been renamed as ‘Oral Health Education Division’ since 1 October 2019.

Love Teeth Campaign

The Oral Health Education Division of the Department of Health organizes the ‘Love Teeth Campaign’ every year to promote the importance of oral health to the public, to encourage them to establish good oral care habits at an early age and foster proper oral care practices among them. The Government’s Primary Healthcare Blueprint, which focuses on prevention, early identification and timely intervention, ‘Love Teeth Campaign’ encourage the public to have regular dental check-ups, and put prevention, early identification and timely intervention of dental diseases into action.

Additionally, in supporting the theme “A HAPPY MOUTH IS…A HAPPY BODY” for ‘World Oral Health Day’ (WOHD), we emphasize the close relationship between oral health and overall physical health. We highlight that oral diseases (such as tooth decay and periodontal disease) share many common behavioural risk factors with non-communicable diseases (e.g. heart disease, diabetes, and cancer), including poor personal hygiene, smoking and excessive sugar intake. We also emphasize that infections in the teeth and the tissues surrounding them may even increase the risk of diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, thereby posing a negative impact on the overall health. As such, the public will understand that safeguarding oral health is of vital importance to one’s own health.

In the coming months, we will continue to organize events related to this year’s theme including bus stop advertisements, MTR train door window stickers, Facebook page and YouTube channel. Our aim is to raise awareness among citizens about the importance of caring for their teeth and spread the message of ‘love teeth’ throughout Hong Kong. We hope that everyone will support the ‘Love Teeth Campaign’ and cultivate a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their families for the betterment of oral and body health.

TEENS Teeth Award Scheme

The participating students are trained through the programme and become the peer leaders on promoting oral health at school through a peer-led approach.
Peer Leaders are awarded for their leadership on promoting the Healthy Teeth School Culture. For details, please click here.

Brighter Smiles Playland

Applications are now invited for visits to the Brighter Smiles Playland for the year 2024-25. This is a programme targeted at kindergarten pupils of age 4 (K2/N3). All kindergartens are welcome. Please click here for the application.

Brighter Smiles for the New Generation

Thank you very much for your participation in the activity. The activity details are as follows:

Enrollment Period: From August to September each year

Materials Collection Period: In October each year (Activity materials will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be available while stocks last.)

Activity Implementation Period: From November to the following May each year. For enquiries, please feel free to contact the "Kindergartens Group" of our Division. Please click here for details.

Bilingual Exhibits on loan for public organizations

Bilingual exhibits are now available and ready for free loan to all local organizations. The exhibits include games, displays boards, models and CD-ROMs.

Oral Health Survey 2011

The report of Oral Health Survey 2011 is available for access and download. Please click here for details.