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Children's Teeth to Sparkle With Additional Funding for Fluoride Varnish Programme

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tooth decay is not something any child should suffer and the national Childsmile programme offers young children up to the age of six years old a special fluoride varnish on their teeth to help prevent decay.  

Along with regular brushing, research shows that fluoride varnish is highly effective at reducing tooth decay.  

Every child should have a sparkling smile and the programme, which is already being successfully implemented across Greater Glasgow and Clyde, is now being extended thanks to additional funding through ‘The Fairer Scotland Action Plan’.  This extra funding will allow us to reach an additional 60 schools and nurseries within the most deprived areas across Greater Glasgow and Clyde. 

It will also enable us to recruit two new Fluoride Varnish Teams so even more children will benefit through the programme. 

Frances McLinden, General Manager for Oral Health said: “Tooth decay is a widespread condition and a particular problem in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area. 

“We have seen significant improvements over the last 10 years due to a number of interventions however inequalities still exist. This additional funding will help us to address and reduce these inequalities within the most deprived areas. 

 “We are delighted with this opportunity which will help us to ensure there are many more healthy smiles across Greater Glasgow and Clyde. 

“The Oral Health Service has been fortunate that during the last two years we have supported 10 young people through the Modern Apprenticeship Programme as Dental Health Support Workers. Having now graduated from programme they have secured permanent posts with us and they will play a key part in delivering this programme out in our communities”. 


For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

Notes to Editors 
Childsmile is a national programme designed to improve children’s oral health and reduce inequalities both in dental health and access to dental services 

It also involves Health Visitors and Dental Health Support Workers giving early advice to young families about looking after their teeth and registering with a local dental service, where they will then receive further oral health promotion advice and preventative treatment via their dentist or specially trained Childsmile Dental Nurse in practice. 

Children up to six years old attending nursery and schools currently participating in the Childsmile Core Programme can also receive daily supervised tooth-brushing within the school setting, along with a free toothbrush and toothpaste twice yearly. 


For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected].  

Watch four year old Aleisha keep her and her rabbit’s teeth sparkling!

Pic:  Four year old Aleisha regularly brushes her teeth.

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Last Updated: 11 November 2021