Supervised Tooth Brushing and Healthy Smiles
The Healthy Smiles award programme supports services working with young and primary school children to adopt tooth-friendly practices. By implementing the seven 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; a key practice to help reduce tooth decay.
All settings working with children from 0 to 12 have been offered Healthy Smiles training and all primary school have been offered the opportunity to join a Supervised tooth brushing programme.
Since 2016 there have been 15 settings trained with Healthy Smiles and a total of 277 staff members trained in Oral health and how it can be improved for the children they work with. 9 schools have taken part in supervised tooth brushing with 344 children brushing in the programme.