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The board's oral health team is set to demonstrate its success to a delegation of Israeli visitors.
The visiting team, tasked by the Israeli Ministry of health to deliver and operate dental health services in nurseries and schools, is keen to learn closely from similar programs around the world.
Aware of the ChildSmile programme’s success, the visitors wanted to visit Glasgow to learn firsthand from what they consider to be ‘the leading pioneer in the world’ in child oral health.
The board’s Oral Health Directorate is hosting the visit on Wednesday, 27 September at Stobhill Hospital to show them the Childsmile programme in action and the elements that have led to its success.
The Childsmile programme has resulted in significant improvements in the oral health of children across Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Year on year, National Dental Inspection Reports evidence better oral health for our population, less decay and fewer children requiring fillings.
Frances McLinden, Oral Health Directorate general manager, NHSGGC, said: “Israel is looking to establish a similar programme to Childsmile in order to improve children’s oral health and requested to see our programme in action.
“They want to learn from what is regarded around the world as a prime example of best practice and this is an excellent opportunity for us to pass on our expertise.”
Childsmile is a national programme designed to improve the oral health of children in Scotland, and reduce inequalities, both in dental health and access to dental services. All dentists who treat children under the NHS offer Childsmile care.
Israel introduced national health legislation including preventive dental health services. The legislation is designed to improve the oral health of children in Israel and reduce inequalities both in dental health and access to dental services.
The legislation includes supervised dental health intervention in schools and nurseries which enables preventive dental care, survey inspections by dentists and dental packs to support tooth brushing at home.