Fluoride Action Network

Childsmile: the national child oral health improvement programme in Scotland. Part 1: establishment and development

Source: British Dental Journal, 209, 73–78. | July 24th, 2010 | By LMD Macpherson, GE Ball, L Brewster, et al

Abstract: This paper is the first of two reviewing the Childsmile programme. It sets out to describe the development and implementation of this national oral health improvement programme for children in Scotland over its initial three-year period (January 2006 to December 2008) and into its second phase of development. It outlines the context in which the initiative was conceived, the initial development of its various components, and how monitoring and evaluation are shaping the delivery and direction of the programme.

Key Points:

  • Describes the development of the child oral health improvement programme in Scotland.
  • Outlines a model of service redesign with significant workforce development of the dental team.
  • Suggests how a directed population approach to prevention may be developed.

*Read the full article online at https://www.nature.com/articles/sj.bdj.2010.628

*READ PART 2, https://www.nature.com/articles/sj.bdj.2010.629

*Note from FAN:
For a further understanding of the Scottish Childsmile program, which was created because of the Scottish Executive’s decision not to fluoridate, go to http://fluoridealert.org/content/childsmile/