The Healthy Smiles award is a public health programme which supports services working with young children to adopt tooth friendly practices.
By implementing the five Healthy Smiles standards, each participating setting helps to;
- increase the dentist attendance of children in their care
- promote positive oral health messages to the children, employees and parents
- reduce the frequency of sugary food and drinks given to the children
Free training is provided by the oral health promotion team to support the employee teams taking part in the award.
In some areas Healthy Smiles settings are required to set up a supervised toothbrushing programme on site. The Healthy Smiles team provides guidelines and training to support this.