Article: Volume 46 Number 3 Page 238 - March 2019

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Dental public health:  Childsmile after 10 Years Part 2: Programme Development, Implementation and Evaluation

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Abstract: Childsmile is the national child oral health improvement programme for Scotland. It was developed as pilot studies from 2006/7, building on an established national supervised toothbrushing programme in nursery schools. By 2011, an integrated programme was in place in all NHS Boards across the country. The importance of a multi-agency, common risk factor approach is acknowledged and the programme continues to evolve through learning from the embedded process evaluation. The development and implementation of Childsmile has been associated with major improvements in child oral health. However, clear health inequalities remain and the future focus of the programme will aim to reduce further the social gradient of child oral health in Scotland.

Clinical relevance: This paper describes the development, implementation and evaluation of Childsmile, utilizing the theories and approaches outlined in Part 1.

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, email: Lorna.Macpherson@glasgow.ac.uk, 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 development, implementation and evaluation of Childsmile.

 

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