The support of schools and nurseries is vital to the success of Designed to Smile and improving the oral health of children in Wales. Settings can participate in a number of ways:
1) Participating in the supervised toothbrushing programme
Settings in certain areas of Wales should participate in a toothbrushing programme with full support from the Designed to Smile team up to school year 2. For information about whether your school or nursery can be involved, please
2) Supporting the Fluoride Varnish programme
The Designed to Smile teams will come to targeted schools and nurseries twice a year to deliver the Fluoride Varnish programme.
3) Delivering oral health education lessons to children
Learning about good oral health care at an early age can benefit children throughout their lives, as dental disease can be prevented and healthy teeth can last a lifetime. There are many ways to provide meaningful learning experiences about oral health to encourage children to develop good attitudes and habits. The content and presentation of the lesson should consider age of children, previous knowledge and attitudes, resources and time available. Key messages to promote good oral health are:
Healthy eating and drinking
Twice daily toothbrushing with fluoride toothpaste
Visiting a dental practice regularly
This introduces the subject of oral health and healthy eating. It contains activity sheets which can be used as part of lessons to support learning about teeth, creative skills, forming words and developing dexterity.
This introduces the subject of oral health and healthy eating. It contains teachers’ lesson plans and presentations, and accompanying activity sheets. These support learning about health and biology, food and behaviours, conducting science experiments, creative skills and conveying information.
In recognition of the commitment and continuing support to the Designed to Smile programme, your nursery or school may be eligible to receive the Designed to Smile award. A plaque has been developed to showcase your efforts in striving to improve the oral health of young children in Wales.
The criteria for the award:
Plaque without badge – for those starting the scheme
Bronze badge – those schools who have taken part in the scheme for 1 year
Sliver badge – those who have taken part in the scheme for 2 years
Gold badge – those who have taken part for 3 or more years
*All levels assume regular brushing