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Childsmile Programme

at Mains Drive Dental


About Childsmile

Childsmile is a national programme designed to improve the oral health of children in Scotland and reduce inequalities both in dental health and access to dental services.

'Oral health disorders are the most common reason for elective hospital admission of children in Scotland, accounting for over 10,000 episodes per year'. (National Dental Inspection Programme)

At the dental practice, you will be given advice and support from the dental team, who will show you how you can help your child keep healthy teeth and stop them suffering tooth decay in the future.

The dental team will:             

  • give information on how teeth grow and develop and carry out regular checks to make sure the teeth and gums are healthy.
  • offer hints and tips on dental care.
  • demonstrate and explain toothbrushing.
  • promote toothbrushing messages e.g. spit don’t rinse.
  • advise on weaning and healthy snacks and drinks.
  • provide clinical care including twice yearly fluoride varnish.

The dentist will advise you on how to keep your child's teeth healthy and help with practical problems such as teething, weaning and choosing the right food and drinks.

The dentist will check your child’s teeth and gums at least once a year, from around 18 months and give any treatment your child might need. 

These regular visits will also help your child to become familiar with being examined by a dentist.

From the age of 2, the dental practice team can provide additional preventive care, such as fluoride varnish and fissure sealants.

For more information on the Childsmile Programme visit the Childsmile website