The Healthy Smiles award programme supports services working with young children to adopt tooth-friendly practices. By implementing the six standards of the award, each participating setting helps to increase the dentist attendance of children in their care. They also promote positive oral health messages to the children, staff and parents. In everyday practice they provide only tooth friendly snacks and drinks.
Where appropriate, the fluoride varnish application programme is offered, as part of the Healthy Smiles programme.
Participating settings are invited to register in September and book onto the free Healthy Smiles training. Settings also receive a visit from a team member to go through the standards and offer any support. Evidence is then required to show that all standards are being met, by mid December and certificates are then awarded to show successful accreditation!