Smiles 4 Miles is an oral health promotion program that works to improve the oral health of children, their families, early childhood staff and the wider community.
Smiles 4 Miles is an initiative of Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) which works in partnership with EACH in the Outer East of Melbourne.
The program works with parents and the broader preschool community to jointly develop healthy eating and drinking policy and to focus on the Smiles 4 Miles three key messages:
Drink Well - Drink tap water or plain milk and avoid sugary drinks like cordials, juices and soft drink.
Eat Well - Eat a variety of nutritious foods each day and limit sugary foods, particularly between meals.
Clean Well - Brush teeth twice daily, adults should help children until at least the age of 7.
Good oral health in childhood contributes to good oral health in adulthood. Children need their teeth to socialise without pain, discomfort or embarrassment and to eat and speak.
Tooth decay is five times more prevalent in children than Asthma and is the highest cause of preventable hospital admission for children.
This program offers:
- Participation in a program that has been developed from the latest evidence for improving children’s oral health.
- Access to educators training.
- Support and advice from Dental Health Services Victoria, Victoria’s leading public dental agency.
- Implementation of a program that provides the opportunity to empower both families and children to improve their oral health.
- Early Childhood Services can receive a Smiles 4 Miles award (lasting for two years) which demonstrates their commitment to improving children’s health in the community.
- Linkage with local community dental clinic.
- Opportunity to improve the oral health of children and families.
- Support and guidance to make healthy choices.
- Involvement in the promotion of healthy foods and oral health allows families to help children to develop lifelong healthy habits.
Who can access this program?
This program supports preschool aged children between the ages of 0 to 5 and can be accessed by Early Childhood Services; Family Day Care centres; Kindergartens or Families.
What does it cost?
This program is free for eligible participants.
When can this program be accessed?
This program can be accessed Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.