Designed to Smile

National child oral health improvement programme in Wales

Information for professionals

How to get involved with the Designed to Smile programme to improve oral health for children in Wales.

Designed to Smile is a national programme to improve the oral health of children in Wales. It is funded by the Welsh Government and was launched in 2009. All of the Designed to Smile services and all NHS dental treatments for children are FREE.

Designed to Smile is:

A preventative programme for children from birth:
This involves a wide range of professionals, including health visitors and other early years services. The aims are to help start good habits early by giving advice to families with young children, providing toothbrushes and toothpaste, and encouraging going to a dental practice before a child’s first birthday.

A preventative programme for Nursery and Primary School children:
This involves the delivery of nursery and school-based toothbrushing and fluoride varnish programmes for children to help protect teeth against decay.