Norfolk and Waveney oral health improvement

We deliver oral health improvement services across Norfolk and Waveney.

Meet the team

The Healthy Smiles award programme supports services working with young and primary school children to adopt tooth-friendly practices. By implementing the five Healthy Smiles standards, each participating setting helps to;

  • increase the dentist attendance of children in their care
  • promote positive oral health messages to the children, staff and parents
  • reduce the frequency of sugary food and drinks given to the children

Free training is provided by the Oral Health Improvement team to support the staff teams taking part in the award. In some settings the Healthy Smiles + accreditation standards will require supervised tooth brushing or a food audit to be completed.

For queries relating to Health Smiles programme, please contact the team on

Lifelong Smiles

“Achieving Optimum Oral Healthcare In Residential Settings.”

During 2016 CDS has developed an accredited programme called ‘Lifelong Smiles’ (LLS). This is available to care home settings in Norfolk and Waveney. By agreeing to participate, the care homes would need to meet a set of standards based on the NICE guidelines for oral health in care homes.

We invited the homes to improve their delivery of oral health care within their facility. This can include; improving the personal dental care a resident receives, an awareness of the different needs and wants for each resident, implementing dietary changes across the homes provision of snacks and drinks and making sure each resident is registered with a local dentist and attends when necessary.

As many employees as possible will receive the training and will be aware of the standards so they understand what is to be achieved. Then two staff members will be in charge of collaborating evidence and initiating any necessary changes. CDS will then follow up after the initial training to discuss care plans, menus and any other issues.

We will support the home to work towards achieving the standards and monitor good practice. Once all evidence is collected and the standards have been met, the homes will then receive their award certificate to be displayed in the home.

Care homes not taking part in the accreditation scheme can also access our free training for staff.