First Smiles - Your chance to improve children’s oral health


Whether it’s their first tooth or their first visit to the dentist, a child’s early experiences of oral health can impact on the rest of their lives. That’s why it’s so important to teach them about their mouths and introduce them to good habits as soon as possible.

On Friday 16 June 2017, the British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy is running First Smiles, a campaign aiming to introduce oral health education to young children.

First Smiles will not only help teach children more about their oral health but the campaign will also help them to familiarise themselves with what is needed in order to develop and maintain a healthy mouth.

It is a staggering thought, but in primary schools across the UK around eight or nine children in every class will have already developed tooth decay.That’s approaching a quarter of a million children in each primary school year and around 3.3 million young people aged 0-14 years.

Are you up for the challenge?

Over the last two years we have had great success with First Smiles and we are once again looking for BSDHT members to deliver valuable oral health and hygiene education to thousands of school children across the United Kingdom.

Whether it’s for one lesson, a few hours or a whole morning, please donate your time and engage young children about oral health and hygiene.

You can do tooth brushing demonstrations, guidance and tuition about correct tooth brushing, diet and the amount of sugar in foods and drinks…. there are so many things!

Your Next Steps

Are you interested in taking part in First Smiles? If the answer is yes, here are your next steps…

  • Read our Frequently Asked Questions here
  • Have members of the team block out some time in your diary on Friday 16 June.
  • Find a local nursery or school and make contact with them.
  • Make a proposal and discuss with the school what would be useful to cover in the class.
Once you have done all this, please contact us by filling out the short form below about your First Smiles school visit. We’ll send you an Oral-B toothbrush for each child, and our press team will be able to work with you to attract local media and press coverage for your practice.

PLEASE NOTE:  We require a minimum of 4 weeks notice in order to fulfill any requests for free toothbrushes.   DEADLINE FOR SUBSMISSIONS MIDDAY THURS 18TH MAY 2017. 

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