The Childsmile Core Programme is available throughout Scotland. Every child is provided with a Dental Pack containing a toothbrush, tube of 1000ppm fluoride toothpaste and an information leaflet on at least six occasions by the age of five.
Children also receive a free-flow feeder cup by one year of age.
These are distributed in different ways in each Health Board area.
In addition, every three- and four-year-old child attending nursery (whether it is a local authority, voluntary or private nursery) is offered free, daily, supervised toothbrushing.
Supervised toothbrushing closely follows national toothbrushing standards and the products are provided by a national contract to ensure consistency across Scotland.
Since the publication of the Dental Action Plan (‘An Action Plan for Improving Oral Health and Modernising NHS Dental Services, Scottish Executive 2005’) (external link), the toothbrushing component of the programme has been made available to at least 20% of P1 and P2 classes of schools situated in areas with the highest level of need of NHS Boards across the country.
The Childsmile Core Programme promotes a holistic approach to healthy living, teaching children an important life skill. It benefits nurseries and schools by contributing towards the Schools, (Health promotion and nutrition) Scotland Act 2007 (external link) which places health promotion at the heart of school activities, and linked to Health and Wellbeing, Experiences and outcomes (external link), within Curriculum for Excellence.
Children in nurseries and schools should be offered healthy snacks and drinks, as part of national initiatives for schools to improve child dental health and help prevent obesity. (Schools, (Health Promotion and Nutrition) Scotland Act 2008 – Nutritional requirement for schools) (external link).