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The NZDA-initiated National Oral Health Day celebrates its ninth year on Wednesday 1 November 2023. To celebrate National Oral Health Day NZDA launched its annual Switch to Water Challenge, where Kiwis are challenged to ditch sugary drinks for the month of November.

The Dental Association is thrilled to have former Olympian and Black Sticks hockey player Brooke Neal back onboard this year to help promote the challenge.  

"Water is my go-to drink of choice for maintaining physical and mental wellbeing,” says Neal.

“During my time as a sportswoman, it was important to stay well hydrated and water is the best choice for that. What is less appreciated is its role in supporting positive mental health,”  

“The 30-day challenge offers everyone a fun way to do something positive for their health and wellbeing ahead of summer and the sugar laden temptations that go with the festive season.” she says.  

The 2023 National Oral Health Day was launched at Papatoetoe East Primary School in Auckland by Switch to water Ambassador Brooke Neal.

Switch to water branded water bottles were distributed to all the children at the school to help kick start the challenge. 

The NZDA board and staff also showed great initiative by paving the path for the best of New Zealand and joining in the challenge.

NZDA president, Dr Amanda Johnston, was sought by Pacific Media Network to speak about the campaign. NZDA member and President of Pasifika Dental Association, Dr Tule Misa, also supported this campaign by going to her roots and speaking through to the Pasifika community through Pacific Media Network.

Oral health promotion Manager Anishma Ram promoted the campaign on Indian Radio stations namely Apna 990 and Humm FM preceding the National Oral Health Day. 

Links to these interviews can be found on our public Facebook page NZDA Healthy smiles.

There still time to register, join the challenge before 15 November and go in the draw to win great prizes. 


Image gallery - Switch to Water [2023]