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Happy Smiles Pre-School Oral Health Programme

Happy Smiles is an evidence-based programme which aims to improve the oral health of children in nursery education.

Research shows that three small steps can significantly improve child oral health. Brushing teeth and gums twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, reducing sugary foods and drinks especially between meals, and, regular check-ups at the dentist are the best ways of preventing dental decay and gum disease.

The three main elements of the Happy Smiles Programme are:

Happy Smiles all around

Pictured at the launch of the Happy Smiles Pre-school Oral Health Programme, Health Minister Michelle O’Neill shares tooth brushing tips with children from Primate Dixon Primary School, Coalisland, Co Tyrone

Launched by Health Minister Michelle O’Neill in October 2016, the Happy Smiles programme has been developed by the NI Oral Health Development Group and HSC Trust Community Dental Service teams.

Bringing together best practice from existing programmes, the initiative encourages shared responsibility and collaborative effort between school teams, parents and their children. It enables staff in pre-school facilities to deliver the programme following initial training by their local Oral Health Team. Resources to implement the programme are provided by the team who monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the Happy Smiles Programme each year.

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Happy Smiles Pre-School Programme Information Leaflet0.2 MiB896
Happy Smiles Programme - Information Booklet0.7 MiB3225
Happy Smiles Smiles Top Tips and Healthy Eating for Healthy Teeth Leaflets0.2 MiB600

For further information about the programme contact Brid Hendron at brid.hendron@hscni.net or call 028 9536 2090.