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Our Lady and St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School Part of the Stella Maris Catholic Federation

Smile4Life

The Smile4Life campaign aims to lay solid foundations for good oral health throughout life. 

 

Smile4Life is an oral health improvement programme to help children improve their oral health and covers 4 key themes:

 

Encourage Healthy Eating and Drinking 

  • keep all foods and drinks containing sugar to meal times
  • snack on fruit and/or vegetable between meals
  • drink only milk or water between meals, keep other drinks to meal times 

 

Encourage regular toothbrushing  

  • brush twice a day, including last thing at night
  • use a smear (for under 3) or a pea sized (for over 3) amount of family fluoride toothpaste
  • supervise brushing until at least 7 years of age
  • spit, don't rinse after brushing

 

Encourage the promotion of a healthier lifestyle

  • do not smoke or use any form of tobacco
  • keep alcohol consumption to recommended levels

 

Visit a dentist regularly

  • children should visit a dentist from birth
  • children should be seen regularly at intervals between 3 and 12 months
  • ask your dentist about fluoride varnish
  • young people and adults should be seen at regular intervals as determined by their dentist
  • for help in accessing a NHS dentist for routine or emergency care call your PCT dental number
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