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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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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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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.

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 guide (includes dentures) [PDF - 534 KB]

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

iconHow to floss guide [PDF - 222 KB]

iconHow smoking affects your mouth [PDF - 457 KB]


icon Translated oral health information

PDF Full DHSV resource library


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