How did it start?

Brush bus

Childsmile developed largely from two national demonstration programmes (2006-08) laid out in the Action Plan for Modernising Dental Services in Scotland (2005).

Childsmile Core programme began earlier in many NHS Board areas.

Childsmile Practice (in West of Scotland NHS Boards)

Childsmile Nursery and Childsmile School (predominantly in the East of Scotland NHS Boards)

The interim demonstration phase began in 2008 and involved rolling out a fully integrated Childsmile model (Core, Practice, Nursery and School) by 2011 across all 14 NHS Board areas, divided into East, West and North regions:


  • Borders
  • Fife
  • Forth Valley
  • Lothian
  • Tayside


  • Ayrshire and Arran
  • Dumfries and Galloway
  • Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Lanarkshire


  • Grampian
  • Highland
  • Orkney
  • Shetland
  • Western Isles

Since October 2011, Childsmile has been integrated into Statement of Dental Remuneration (SDR) and all practices delivering NHS care to children are expected to deliver Childsmile interventions.