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Early childhood educators can play an important role in promoting young children’s oral health. Whether you work in child care, kindergarten or community programs, you will find information below to help you improve oral health in your service and community.

Oral health promotion programs

Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles
  
Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles logo

Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles is a Dental Health Services Victoria initiative aimed at improving the oral health of Victorian children aged 0–3 years and pregnant women.

Part of this work is with early childhood professionals including child care educators, supported playgroup facilitators, family support workers and early intervention services, to increase knowledge, skills and confidence to promote oral health within their services.

 
link Learn more about Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles 
 
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Smiles 4 Miles
  
Smiles 4 Miles

Smiles 4 Miles is an oral health promotion initiative implemented in early childhood settings in partnership with local organisations. Inclusion of an oral health program within early childhood settings such as kindergartens, play groups, long day care and family day care contributes significantly to outcomes for children.

 
linkLearn more about Smiles 4 Miles
 
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Achievement Program
  
Achievement Program

Have you heard about the Achievement Program?

The Achievement Program supports early childhood service to create healthier environments and recognises their work to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities.

DHSV helped to develop the benchmarks for healthy eating and oral health.

 
linkVisit the Achievement Program website
 
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Healthy Little Smiles in early childhood services
  
Healthy Little Smiles

The Healthy Little Smiles education program consists of an oral health promotion resource kit and a two hour workshop for early childhood educators. The program supports long day care, family day care and kindergartens to engage children and families about oral health and embed oral health promotion within their services.

For more information contact the Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles Team.

 
linkPlease register to access the Healthy Little Smiles oral health resource kit
 


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Resources for you

Baby teeth count too! – an oral health education program for Early Parenting Centre staff
  
Baby teeth count too This is an education program for introducing oral health promotion into Victoria’s three early parenting centres.  The program was developed by DHSV and clinical educators from Tweddle Children and Family Health Service, Mercy Health O’Connell Family Centre and the Queen Elizabeth Centre. The program comprises four learning sessions. The Participant’s Workbook provides content and learning activities and the Facilitator’s Guide outlines how each learning session (module) can be facilitated by either clinical educators or staff responsible for quality improvement.
 

iconRead the facilitator's guide [PDF - 2.52 MB]

iconRead the participant's workbook [PDF - 2.63 MB]

 
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Eat for health
  
Eat for health Eat for health is a one stop shop for information about eating well. It houses the Australian Dietary Guidelines (2013) and includes a range of resources.
 
icon Visit the eat for health website
 
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Healthy Eating Advisory Service
  
Healthy together advisory service The Healthy Eating Advisory Service, run by Nutrition Australia Victoria Division, offers information and support on food and nutrition and the provision of healthy foods and drinks in early childhood services.
 

iconLearn more about the Healthy Eating Advisory Service

 

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Oral health newsletter inserts for early childhood services
  
newsletter-insert_cover_v2 A series of inserts for early childhood services to use in newsletters for families to promote key oral health messages. Includes a how to use guide and images.
 
PDF Read the oral health newsletter inserts [Word - 981 KB]
 
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Suggested oral health story books
  
Suggested oral health story books for Early Childhood professionals These are just a few suggestions for books that will help you to introduce discussions with children about the importance of teeth and how to look after them.
 
icon Read the book list [PDF - 420 KB]
 
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Healthy Little Smiles in early childhood services
  
Healthy Little Smiles

The Healthy Little Smiles education program consists of an oral health promotion resource kit and a two hour workshop for early childhood educators. The program supports long day care, family day care and kindergartens to engage children and families about oral health and embed oral health promotion within their services.

For more information contact the Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles Team.

 
linkPlease register to access the Healthy Little Smiles oral health resource kit
 

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Information for families



icon Looking after your child’s mouth, teeth and gums [PDF - 1,969 KB]


iconDrink well, Eat well, Clean well tip cards


icon How to brush guide (includes denture care) [PDF - 534 KB]


icon How to brush your child's teeth guide [PDF - 669 KB]


iconHow to floss guide [PDF - 292KB]


iconTooth tips 0–12 months fact sheet [PDF - 292 KB]

iconTooth tips 12–18 months fact sheet [PDF - 304 KB]

iconTooth tips 18 months - 6 years fact sheet [PDF - 299 KB]

iconTranslated oral health information

Teeth tips translated into languages other than English


PDFA check-up for oral health video
An educational video produced by DHSV for parents. Find out how to care for your child's teeth and gums
and why it is so important.

PDFGeneral dental health advice




PDFFull DHSV resource library


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