2 Feb 2012

Scottish kids benefit from Childsmile

Scottish kids benefit from Childsmile
Children across Scotland are now benefitting from a programme designed to improve their oral health.
The £15m Childsmile nursery, school and practice programmes have now been rolled out across the country, and are being delivered in every health board in Scotland.
The programme emphasises the importance of tooth brushing and helps parents establish a healthy diet from the earliest stage.
Through the Childsmile initiative, every nursery in Scotland is offered free, daily, supervised toothbrushing for their children, and a number of nurseries and schools in targeted areas also provide fluoride varnish and toothbrushing in primary one and two.
Every child is provided with a dental pack containing a toothbrush, tube of fluoride toothpaste and an information leaflet on at least six occasions by the age of five.
And since the end of last year, all families with newborn babies across Scotland are now offered information on Childsmile from their health visitor.
If the family is not registered with a dentist, Childsmile staff will contact families at the three month stage to offer oral health advice and help them find a dentist for their child.....

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