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Improving oral health in Lanarkshire should be a priority for all of us.

At NHS Lanarkshire we have put a number of different initiatives and programmes in place to help our community in this area of health

  • Nutrition and Oral Health for Childcare Providers
  • Smile with Confidence - Secondary School Oral Health Resource
  • Oral Health Support for Workplaces
  • The Health Promotion Library
  • Oral Health Resource for Primary School Teachers

Nutrition and Oral Health for Childcare Providers

  • Do you understand food labelling?
  • Are you confident that you are offering children in your care healthy food in the correct portion size?
  • Are you comfortable discussing healthy eating and oral health with parents and carers?
  • What do you think childcare providers can do to reduce childhood obesity and tooth decay?
The nutrition and oral health of young children is fundamental to their physical, mental, social and educational development and wellbeing. Lynne Baxter, District Nurse:
“Enjoyable and interactive. Context mix was just right!”

Tracy Andrews, Early Years worker:
“Nutrition & Oral Health was very informative and will certainly help me at work and also at home.”

As part of a programme of activity to improve the diet and oral health of children, NHS Lanarkshire and partners have developed a free e-learning programme for childcare providers.

The programme runs online so it is accessible from any computer and fits around the needs of childcare providers and all professionals working with children. 

Completing the training earns a certificate accrediting 4 CPD hours.

The programme includes in-depth information and activities on:

  • healthy eating,
  • health teeth and mouth,
  • overweight and obesity,
  • food labelling and portion sizes.

For more information or to book a place, please contact Kirsten Lammie on Kirsten.Lammie@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk or call 01698 377621.

Smile with Confidence - Secondary School Oral Health Resource

By the age of 15, 63% of young people have some tooth decay in their adult teeth.

A teaching resource has been developed for secondary schools across Lanarkshire. This resource makes sure oral health is built into the health and wellbeing curriculum and as part of the Health Promoting Schools scheme.

Oral Health Support for Workplaces

On average adults have lost three adult teeth and have 10 teeth with fillings. About 90% of the adults in Scotland are registered with a dentist and unfortunately this percentage decreases as people get older, even though some types of decay, gum disease and oral cancer are more common in older adults.

Supporting workplaces to involve oral health as part of the Healthy Working Lives award scheme is one of the ways to improve oral health in adults.

For more information on the above contact Jenny Hunter, Health Improvement Practitioner on Jennifer.Hunter2@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk

The Health Improvement Library

The Health Improvement Library is available to NHS staff and the general public.

The library has a variety of visual resources that can be borrowed such as games, puppets, jigsaws, smoker's foul mouth model, teeth models, gammy gum models, large sand timers, visual information, leaflets, books and posters.

Oral health topic boxes are also available for hire.

Health Improvement Library
First Floor
Law House
Airdrie Road

Telephone: 01698 377 600
Telephone: 01698 377 629(Leaflet Store)

Email: library.hp@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk

Opening Times/Staff
The library is available:
Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm

Oral Health Resource for Primary School Teachers

Harry and Molly’s Adventures, is an oral health resource designed for primary school teachers. The resource aims to assist schools to address healthy eating and oral health in Primary 1-3 age group as part of the Curriculum for Excellence.

The resource has three stories: Harry at the Zoo, Harry’s Holiday and Molly and the Magic Lunch box. Each animated story was developed by the NHS Lanarkshire Oral Health Education Team in 2009.

Following the publication of the curriculum for excellence NHS Lanarkshire, in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, developed this accompanying teaching resource to assist education staff to use the stories as part of the health and wellbeing curriculum.