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Maternal and child health nurses

Maternal and child health nurses

The Maternal and Child Health Service plays a critical role in promoting healthy outcomes for children, including oral health. The information below provides an overview of some of the programs and resources available to maternal and child health nurses to support their work in promoting good oral health in early childhood.

Oral health promotion programs


Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles
  
Healthy Families, Healthy SmilesHealthy 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.  
 
linkLearn more about Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles


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Resources for maternal and child health nurses


TEETH: Oral Health Information for Maternal and Child Health Nurses
  
Oral health information A resource to assist Maternal and Child Health Nurses in their health promotion, prevention, early detection and intervention role.
 iconRead TEETH: Oral Health Information for Maternal and Child Health Nurses [PDF - 5,452 KB]
  
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Little Teeth Book
  
Maternal and child health nurses Little Teeth Book A parent engagement resource to support oral health promotion with clients during Key Ages and Stages visits
 iconRead the Little Teeth Book [PDF - 3,630 KB]

iconRead the User’s Guide to the Little Teeth Book [PDF - 1,850 KB]

  
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Early childhood oral health milestones and key messages
  
oral health milestones

A simple resource which enables prompt access of oral health milestones and corresponding take home messages for families

 iconRead the key messages [PDF - 32 KB]        
  
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Lift the lip video (New Zealand Dental Association)
  
Lift the lip

Lift the lip – a quick technique to check the health of children’s teeth. It is part of the Commonwealth Healthy Kids Check, and is included in the RACGP Guidelines for Clinical Preventative Activities in GP Practice as part of the general physical examination of children.

 
iconView the lift the lip video
 
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How to clean a Toddlers teeth
  
ABC Radio Melbourne - How to clean a toddlers teeth ABC Radio Melbourne video on how to clean a toddlers teeth.
 
iconView the ABC Radio Melbourne video
 
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A guide to the “Baby teeth need cleaning too” initiative
  
baby teeth need cleaning too

A guide to the 2018-2019 “Baby teeth need cleaning too!” initiative to support MCH nurses in their encouragement of families to promote early tooth brushing for their children..

 iconRead the "Baby teeth need cleaning too" initiative guide [PDF - 2.94MB]        
  
 


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Resources for your clients



iconChecking for tooth decay [PDF - 704 KB]


icon Tooth tips 0–12 months fact sheet [PDF - 292 KB]
Supports delivery of the oral health components of the Key Ages and Stages framework.
Teeth tips translated into languages other than English

icon Tooth tips 12–18 months fact sheet [PDF - 304 KB]
Supports delivery of the oral health components of the Key Ages and Stages framework.

icon Tooth tips 18 months - 6 years [PDF -299 KB]
Supports delivery of the oral health components of the Key Ages and Stages framework.


icon Looking after your child's mouth, teeth and gums [PDF - 702 KB]


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


iconTooth Brushing - apps and videos [PDF - 1MB] DHSV does not endorse these products but recognises their role in assisting parents with children teeth brushing




icon Story Time Books about teeth [PDF - 973 KB]




icon Translated oral health information


PDF Full DHSV resource library


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