Designed to Smile is 10!

This September, Designed to Smile (D2S), the national programme to improve the oral health of children in Wales, is celebrating its tenth birthday. 

To mark the occasion and celebrate the successes of the programme to date, the D2S team is holding a week-long celebration event - National Designed to Smile Week.

Between Monday 16 September and Friday 20 September, schools and nurseries across Wales are being encouraged to carry out activities focused on good dental health, whether that be holding a school assembly or taking a class trip to a local dental practice.

The D2S team have put together a downloadable ideas pack for teachers and nursery staff looking for some inspiration.

There is also a national drawing competition asking children across Wales to design a 10th birthday card for Dewi, the D2S dragon. More details on this can also be found on the D2S website.

Throughout the week, a range of content will be shared on the newly launched D2S Twitter account to highlight the very best of the programme and its impact to date. Follow @D2S_Wales or the hashtag#D2S10 for updates.

D2S is the Welsh Government funded programme to prevent tooth decay in young children in Wales. The programme was introduced in pilot areas in 2009 and rolled out nationally in 2009.

It is targeted to reach children in areas where levels of tooth decay are highest, with the aim of ensuring that every child in Wales begins school decay-free and smiling.