Childsmile is a national programme designed to improve the oral health of children in Scotland from birth.
We are a Childsmile Practice. Our dentists will enrol on Childsmile all children under 6 years old registered with our Practice. Our dentists and Extended Duties Dental Nurses will offer oral health advice and fluoride varnish applications.
Oral health advice
Toothbrushing advice specific to the age and the caries risk category of your child – when to brush, types of brush and toothpaste to use, amount of toothpaste to use, methods and demonstrations of brushing.
Dietary advice providing information on nutrition and drinks in order to prevent tooth decay and foster good oral health behaviour from an early age.
Fluoride varnish application
We use a Colgate Fluoride Varnish called Duraphat which is painted onto teeth between two and four times per year. Many scientific studies from around the world have shown that Fluoride Varnish is effective in reducing the dental decay rate in children when used in addition to brushing teeth regularly with fluoride toothpaste. We advise the daily use of fluoride toothpaste from the time that the first teeth erupt and the professional application of Fluoride Varnish twice-yearly from age two, and up to four times per year from age three onwards.