Healthy mouths

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Two early childhood ser­vices in Co­bram re­ceived a Smiles 4 Miles award for their work im­prov­ing the oral health of some of our youngest com­mu­nity mem­bers.

Smiles 4 Miles is an oral health pro­mo­tion pro­gram for kinder­garten-aged chil­dren de­vel­oped by Den­tal Health Ser­vices Vic­to­ria and im­ple­mented in part­ner­ship with Co­bram District Health.

Ser­vices achieve the Smiles 4 Miles award by im­ple­ment­ing healthy eat­ing and oral health poli­cies, en­gag­ing with fam­i­lies about the im­por­tance of oral health, and ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren through a va­ri­ety of fun learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences based on the Smiles 4 Miles key mes­sages – Drink Well, Eat Well and Clean Well.

Co­bram District Health al­lied health as­sis­tant Ge­or­gia Hyde said the pro­gram was a great way to help chil­dren have healthy teeth and gums for life.

‘‘Good habits are formed early. Chil­dren take lessons they learn at a young age with them, right up to adult­hood,’’ Ms Hyde said.

‘‘By pro­mot­ing good oral health be­hav­iours early in life, we can de­crease the like­li­hood of poor oral health later in life.’’

Blue­Bird Early Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre and Eilleen Tay­lor Kinder­garten have been suc­cess­ful in ob­tain­ing the Smiles 4 Miles award this year.

Kinder­garten teach­ers Carmel, Kerry Le­ica and An­drea, along with their ded­i­cated teams, have had a busy year work­ing to­wards the award.

They have in­cor­po­rated the three key Smiles 4 Miles mes­sages — Clean Well, Eat Well and Drink Well — into their teach­ing pro­gram and have had great re­sponses from the chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

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