Childsmile is a national programme that aims to improve children’s oral health and tackle oral health inequalities. It is an overarching programme which links numerous elements of dental disease prevention in early childhood. The programme supports children and parents through a range of preventive interventions at key stages which can minimise (or eliminate) the effects of dental disease on children.
In Aberdeenshire a Coordinator employed by NHS Grampian manages and supports the distribution of oral health packs via health visitors and dental practices, supervised tooth brushing in nurseries, the application of fluoride varnish twice yearly in nurseries and schools in targeted areas in specific areas where higher oral health decay levels have been highlighted through NDIP and SIMD, and provide support to dental practices to promote oral health in their setting and with Health Visitor referrals for more vulnerable children and families.
The Childsmile team consists of 12 Dental Health Support Workers and 4 Extended Duties Dental Nurses across four bases in Aberdeenshire at Peterhead, Fraserburgh, Huntly and Laurencekirk. They deliver all aspects of the programme across Buchan, Banff & Buchan, Formartine, Garioch, Marr and Kincardine & Mearns.
- Childsmile Coordinator Annette Johnson: 01569 792054
- Childsmile Team Peterhead: 01770 822616
- Childsmile Team Huntly: 01466 795207
- Childsmile Team Fraserburgh: 01346 585236
- Childsmile Team Laurencekirk: 01561 376459
Oral Health outcomes for key vulnerable groups are worse than those of the rest of the population and provide a focus for targeted effort to tackle health inequalities across all communities in Aberdeenshire. The Grampian Dental Action Plan 2012 – 2016 has defined what programmes will be delivered to improve oral health. In Aberdeenshire work is underway to establish the national programmes Caring for Smiles and Smiles for Life. These will be delivered through the Oral Health Team within Public Dental Services.
Vulnerable groups in Aberdeenshire which are prioritised in this respect are:
- People with substance misuse problems
- Gypsy travelers
- People with mental health problems
- People with learning disabilities
For more details on Oral health programmes under development contact:
- Diane Milne – Oral Health team Leader North 07557 317805
- Linda Chessor – Oral Health team Leader South 07557 203551
The Key Oral Health Messages
- Reduce the consumption and especially the frequency of intake of foods and drinks containing sugar
- Brush teeth thoroughly twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Visit the dentist regularly for oral examinations