BCH finds time to care about your smile

Thursday 03 August 2017

Pictured Left: BCH Dental Therapist Pauline Hille and Dental Nurse Trish Johnston give Gemma Jenkins from the Janette Loughbridge Memorial Childcare Centre a check up as part of BCH’s Smiles 4 Miles program

Pictured Right:  San Remo Pre-School will be one of the services celebrating Dental Health Week by spreading the message about the importance of good oral health habits during Dental Health Week. Here, teacher Corinne Oke helps Bryon Humphrey and Lachie Phillips during a ‘brush well’ activity as part of BCH’s Smiles 4 Miles program.


This week is Dental Health Week, which runs from 7 to 13 August and aims to educate Australians about the importance of maintaining good oral health in every aspect of their lives.

This year’s theme is Oral Health for Busy Lives, with the aim of helping you to appreciate that, no matter how busy you are or where you are in your life, it is possible to fit caring for your teeth and gums into an already overcrowded diary.


For today’s busy families, this theme has never been more relevant, with time being an increasingly precious commodity. To help parents of young children promote good oral health habits and encourage healthy eating with their children, Bass Coast Health (BCH) delivers the Smiles 4 Miles program to 14 early years services within the Bass Coast and South Gippsland shires.


Smiles 4 Miles was developed by Dental Health Services Victoria to assist early childhood services to improve the oral health of children and their families in high risk areas across Victoria. Tooth decay is Australia’s most common health problem. The program is based on the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Health Promoting Schools Framework, and internationally recognised best practice approach.


You may see caring for your teeth and gums as an optional extra, something to be put aside in favour of more pressing issues, but the facts are that it’s vitally important that you care for your teeth and gums every bit as much as anything else in life.


Phoebe Ruffin, Smiles 4 Miles Coordinator at Bass Coast Health explains, “Sometimes life gets very busy but this is a good reminder that good oral health is essential to your overall health and wellbeing, and that good habits need to start early in life”.


Dental Health Week is good reminder for all of us to take the time to brush properly and to make booking a time with your dentist as great a priority as booking your car in for a service or seeing your hairdresser.


BCH Dentists recommend that you should brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, eat healthily, reducing sugary drinks and foods and visit the dentist for regular check-ups”.


For more information about the program, please call BCH Health Promotion Officer Phoebe Ruffin on 5671 9213 or email phoebe.ruffin@basscoasthealth.org.au