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Smiles 4 miles



The Smiles 4 miles program aims to improve the oral health of preschool aged children in Victoria. It is an initiative of Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) which works in partnership with community health services, local councils and primary care partnerships to improve the oral health of the youngest children in the community.

The program is based on the World Health Organisation's Health Promoting Schools Framework and is delivered predominantly in kindergartens. In 2013, Smiles 4 miles reached over 28,000 children and their families across 480 early childhood education and care services around Victoria.

The key messages promoted in the program are:

Kindergartens and child care centres located in Victoria who have support from a local health service can apply to participate in the Smiles 4 miles program. The local health service will provide program resources such as learning experiences and activities, family engagement ideas and tip cards.

Defenders of the tooth resources have been developed through the Smiles 4 miles program and include chatterboxes, fact sheets, tip cards and an interactive computer resource.


Health Promotion Team
Dental Health Services Victoria
Ph:(03) 9341 1203
Fax: (03) 9486 4730

Related publications

Defenders of the tooth resources and adventure playground (2009)

Dental Health Services Victoria

Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) have developed a number of resources to emphasise their Eat well, Drink well, Clean well, Play well and Stay well messages for children. The resources will appeal to children from different cultural backgrounds through the use of ethnically diverse characters.

The Defenders of the tooth adventure playground is an interactive computer resource which includes a number of games, such as an online colouring activity and word games, as well as quizzes, tips and guides on good oral health care. There are a variety of settings relevant to children including playground, canteen, dental van, and home.

Other resources, like chatterboxes, factsheets and tip cards, have also been developed using characters of Munchgirl, Waterboy and Brushboy.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Defenders of the tooth: oral health professionals (2009)

Dental Health Services Victoria

Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV) provide Defenders of the tooth resources for oral health professionals. This fact sheet provides information on DHSV and the programs and projects they develop (including Smiles 4 miles, Innovation and Oral health for better health). There is specific information on the Eat well, Drink well, Clean well, Play well and Stay well initiatives emphasised in the Defenders of the tooth resources.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Last updated: 30 May 2013
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