The Institute of Health Visiting is delighted to support the national launch of the Dental Check by One campaign by the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) – a nationwide campaign to encourage parents and carers to take their child to the dentist before their first birthday.

The first visit to the dentist is an important opportunity for a child to start a life of positive dental care and for parents to get advice on how to keep their child’s teeth healthy and strong.

The iHV is one of several organisations across health care to support the campaign so that wherever parents go they are informed of the importance of getting their child to the dentist by the age of one.

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, executive director iHV said:

‘We are delighted to support this phenomenally important campaign.  The great sadness about the appalling statistics for children suffering dental caries is that this is a disease which is totally preventable with the right nutrition and early preventive advice from dentists.  Let’s make the UK the country with the lowest levels of dental caries in children and highest dental attendance.’

Key points:

  1. Children need to see dentist when first teeth appear – or by one at latest
  2. Organisations across healthcare pledge their support
  3. Access to a dentist for under 2s vastly better in North than South of England
  4. Office of the Chief Dental Officer for England supports Dental Check by One

Please find enclosed some information about the Be Food Smart App developed by the PHE marketing team – It follows on from the Sugar Smart App that was well received.  This was sent out to dentists to encourage their involvement.

Watch PHE’s film about the Be Food Smart app and see how much sugar, sat fat and salt is really inside your family’s food and drink.