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Tooth decay is largely preventable¹. However one in three children aged five and under who attended Victorian public dental clinics in 2010-2011 experienced tooth decay; 69 per cent of this was untreated³.
The deciduous (baby) teeth are important for young children. They help to develop appearance, eating ability, speech patterns and guide the eruption and position of the permanent (adult) teeth².
Early childhood education and care services such as kindergartens, playgroups and day care, play an important role in promoting young children's oral health.
The Achievement Program
The Achievement Program is a Victorian Government initiative which aims to encourage healthier lifestyles and prevent disease linked to lifestyle.
Healthy eating and oral health benchmarks
DHSV has supported the development of the healthy eating and oral health benchmarks for early childhood settings.
View the healthy eating and oral health benchmarks
Each program supports services to adopt a whole of service approach to improving the health and wellbeing of staff, children and their families.
The Achievement Program: Early childhood education and care services.
Find out why your service should participate, what's involved and how to register
Smiles 4 Miles and the Achievement Program
Smiles 4 Miles supports eligible services to promote oral health in line with the healthy eating and oral health benchmarks of the Achievement Program.
Find out more about Smiles 4 Miles
Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles and the Achievement Program
Through Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles (HFHS), DHSV is supporting early childhood professionals to promote oral health in their services, providing training and tools to help them to achieve the healthy eating and oral health benchmarks.
Find out more about Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles
DHSV has a range of resources to help early childhood services learn more about oral health and assist them to meet the benchmarks.
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