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Happy teeth is Queensland's statewide oral health promotion program targeting 0-5 year olds in early childhood settings. It aims to reduce tooth decay in young children by increasing knowledge and practice of correct oral hygiene procedures – specifically toothbrushing – and by developing healthy eating habits. The program focuses on assisting early childhood educators and carers to encourage young children as they establish good dental and nutrition habits from an early age.
Early childhood educators can run the program by following instructions in the Happy teeth kit. The kit contains resources for children and guidelines for educators and parents. While the resources are not Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-specific, they do incorporate lots of images of Indigenous babies, children and carers.
Abstract adapted from Queensland Health
Oral Health Unit
GPO Box 48
Brisbane QLD 4001
Phone: (07) 3131 6826
Fax: (07) 3131 6783
The Happy teeth program was developed by early childhood specialists and oral health professionals especially for the early childhood setting. The program is based on evidence that healthy teeth and gums are important for good health. In order to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, daily tooth brushing habits and healthy eating should commence early in life. The Happy teeth resource kit includes a DVD, CD, stickers, pamphlets and posters.
Abstract adapted from the Queensland Health website