Article: Volume 46 Number 2 Page 113 - February 2019

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  Dent Update 2019; 46: 113-116

Dental public health:  Childsmile after 10 Years Part 1: Background, Theory and Principles

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Abstract: Childsmile is the national child oral health improvement programme for Scotland. It was developed as pilots from 2006/7 in response to the public health challenge of poor child oral health. Childsmile recognizes the importance of the social determinants of health, and takes common risk factor and proportionate universal approaches to deliver complex multifaceted interventions in multiple settings and by multidisciplinary teams.

Clinical relevance: This paper describes the theory and principles associated with the development and implementation of Childsmile.

Author notes: Lorna MD Macpherson, BDS, MPH, PhD, FDS, FRCD(C), FFPH, FHEA, FRSE, Professor of Dental Public Health, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, University of Glasgow, Jennifer Rodgers, BDS, FDS, MPH, FDS DPH(Edin), Consultant in Dental Public Health, NHS Forth Valley and David I Conway, BDS, FDS, MPH, FHEA, FFPH, PhD, Professor of Dental Public Health, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, University of Glasgow, UK.

Objective: To describe the theory and principles associated with the development and implementation of Childsmile.

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