Tuesday 31 July 2018

Kirsten Herrald and Cindy Smith from Leongatha Children’s Centre show off their Smiles 4 Miles award for the centre’s involvement with the oral health program.


Bass Coast Health’s Smiles 4 Miles oral health promotion program is helping to spread the message of good oral hygiene to children and their families across the Bass Coast and South Gippsland Shires.


Smiles 4 Miles is aimed at kindergarten-aged children and is designed to improve the oral health of children and their families by encouraging healthy eating, healthy drinking and good oral hygiene.  The Smiles 4 Miles program was developed by Dental Health Services Victoria and is implemented in partnership with Bass Coast Health throughout the Bass Coast and South Gippsland Shires.


Through the Smiles 4 Miles program, Leongatha Children’s Centre is spreading the message of the importance of good oral health habits for the whole family by celebrating Dental Health Week with its children and their families.  The Australian Dental Association’s Dental Health Week campaign runs from the 6th to the 12th of August and is supported by Dental Health Services Victoria.  This year it focuses on ‘Watch Your Mouth’, a theme that many families at Leongatha Children’s Centre live each day says the centre’s manager Paula Holt.  


“We are teaching our children and their families the importance of oral health including brushing their teeth twice a day and visiting the dentist regularly before a problem occurs”.


Bass Coast Health has recently developed an electronic referral system to improve the community’s access to the dental service.   This self-referral system can be accessed 24 hours a day by individuals or professionals via Bass Coast Health’s website.   For more information, visit and look for the link to the Dental clinic under the ‘Services’ tab.