Healthy Smile Happy Child Initiative


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Healthy Smile Happy Child Initiative

Healthy Smile Happy Child (HSHC) is an intersectoral, collaborative partnership that takes an upstream community development approach to engage communities in Early Childhood Caries (ECC) prevention strategies and promotion of early childhood oral health

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510-715 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3E 3P4Daniella DeMaré, Provincial Coordinator (ddemare@chrim.ca)204-789-3500

Healthy Smile Happy Child (HSHC) is an intersectoral, collaborative partnership that takes an upstream community development approach to engage communities in Early Childhood Caries (ECC) prevention strategies and promotion of early childhood oral health

HSHC has a logic model that is guided by three fundamental principles, namely, community engagement and development, knowledge exchange related to oral health promotion, and research, evaluation and quality improvement. Key objectives of the HSHC project have been to:

1) gain community acceptance of the importance of the issue of ECC

2) build on existing programs which target young children

3) increase parental knowledge of ECC prevention

4) increase knowledge of existing service and health providers of the importance of prevention

5) encourage existing service and health providers to incorporate prevention activities into their practice.

 

 


 



  • University of Manitoba 3rd Year Dental Hygiene Students working with Healthy Smile Happy Child
  • Healthy Smile Happy Child new clinic room at the Children's Hospital Research Institute
  • Healthy Smile Happy Child at Tooth Fairy Saturday at the Winnipeg Kids' Fest
  • Healthy Smile Happy Child works with our partners at Aboriginal Head Start Programs to ensure children receive oral health screenings and resources for their families.
  • Healthy Smile Happy Child is involved in many community events across Manitoba, bringing early childhood oral health promotion and resources to community members.
  • Healthy Smile Happy Child at the Medical Masters Summer Camp
  • Elmwood Family Fun Days
  • Manitoba Metis Federation research partners
  • Scaling up Healthy Smile Happy Child Research Team
  • Sharing Healthy Smile Happy Child Research
  • Healthy Smile Happy Child on CTV Morning Live
  • Healthy Smile Happy Child Dental Home/Photo Booth at the MDA conference 2022

Canada Dental Benefit

Dr. Robert Schroth and Dr. Khalida Hai-Santiago go over the new Canada Dental Benefit and how to help families apply for and use their benefits. The presenters are joined by Marika Nadeau and Nadine Lacroix, members of Health Canada's Dental Task force to help to answer questions regarding the Canada Dental Benefit.

Parents' Views of Silver Diamine Fluoride as a Treatment Option to Arrest Early Childhood Caries

Healthy Smile Happy Child has a presentation series that is approved by the Manitoba Dental Association for 1 CE credit hour. The presentation series includes topics related to current research studies, oral health educational programs and current messaging for Early Childhood Oral Health. In this video, Dr. Grace Kyoon Achan discusses what Healthy Smile Happy Child learned from parents of young children about their views of Silver Diamine Fluoride as a promising non-restorative option to manage early childhood caries (ECC) in Canada. Other presentations are available on our YouTube channel.

How to prevent Early Childhood Caries

Great tips on taking care of a child's oral health. The video was created by University of Manitoba Dental Hygiene students, David Van, Patricia DelRosario and Lilly Koenig.

Taking Care of Children's Teeth with Healthy Smile Happy Child

Tips for parents on how to care for their children's teeth, including flossing and brushing demonstrations.

Lift the Lip with Healthy Smile Happy Child: Preventing Early Childhood Tooth Decay

Healthy Smile Happy Child creates oral health resources for families to learn more about taking care of young children's teeth. This video demonstrates a practice called “Lift the Lip” to complete a simple assessment of tooth decay in children. “Lift the Lip” is recognized worldwide as an effective means to increase early intervention in order to prevent more advanced oral caries and disease. The practice promotes a family focus on oral health and preventive care. This video is available on our YouTube channel in English, French, Cree, Ojibway and Oji-Cree.

Dental Care Tips for Mom and Young Children

Commonly asked questions on taking care of teeth from pregnancy to 6 years old are answered.

What to Expect at a Child's First Dental Visit

All third year Dental Hygiene students at the University of Manitoba have a rotation with Healthy Smile Happy Child. During their rotations students learn about the importance of oral health promotion and have an opportunity to try their hands at creating resources. This video, created by students David Van and Celine Sy, lets families know what they can expect at their child's first dental visit.


Dental Health & Pregnancy

Information on the importance of taking care of oral health during pregnancy.

Dental Health & Newborn Babies

Information on how to care for baby's oral health right from birth.

Dental Health at 6 months

Key oral health messages for taking care of baby's teeth from 6 months to one year old.

Dental Health at 1 year

Key oral health messages for toddlers

Dental Health Newborn to 6 years old

A summary of key oral health messages for children 0-6 years old.