Starting Well Core is a commissioning approach which aims to reduce oral health inequalities and improve oral health for children aged 0-2 years through:
Increasing dental access and attendance for children aged 0-2 years.
Delivering evidence-based preventive care in practice (e.g. preventive advice, fluoride interventions, support for behaviour change).
Raising public and professional awareness to promote early-years dental attendance, and support the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry’s campaign for a Dental Check by One
The programme will be available to all children, with a focus on those who are not currently visiting the dentist and under the age of 1 and will ensure that evidence –based preventative advice about reducing sugar intake and increasing the exposure to fluoride on teeth is given to parents of those children.
The programme intends to complement existing local NHS England and local authority led initiatives and the work of the Childrens Oral Health Improvement Board.
The following benefits are expected - An increase in dental attendance for children aged 0-2, a reduction in hospital based extraction of teeth for children, a reduction in restorative and emergency dental treatment for children.