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.