Before three years of age, many children spend most of their time at home with their family. Frontline staff, such as health visitors and midwives, can help parents, carers and other family members understand how important good oral health is and how it affects overall health, wellbeing and development, by:
Oral Health Education (OHE) training sessions can be delivered by Designed to Smile staff to other health and social care professionals working with children. Sessions can be provided for student health professional courses, as well as staff post-qualification as continuing professional development. Contact your local Designed to Smile team to organise a session.
Designed to Smile can help health visitors and other health professionals find dental services for the families they support. Contact your local Designed to Smile team for more information.
Designed to Smile can provide resources to use for oral health promotion, such as leaflets and posters. They can also provide toothbrushing packs and training cups to professionals working in Flying Start areas. Contact your local Designed to Smile team for more information.
For information about healthy eating, training and nutrition education for health professionals, visit Nutrition Skills for Life
Lift the Lip is part of the Designed to Smile training sessions provided to health visiting teams. Lift the Lip is an oral health assessment tool that requires parents/guardians to visually examine the upper anterior teeth of their preschool children in the presence of health professionals, to identify signs of early childhood caries. It is intended to be used while delivering preventive advice, and encouraging and facilitating attendance to clinical dental services. Lift the Lip in Wales is designed to strengthen the oral health promotion role of health visitors.
The purpose of Lift the Lip is to:
To receive Lift the Lip training and resources, contact your local Designed to Smile team.