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Oral Health Improvement - run by Bedfordshire Community Health Services

The Oral Health Improvement team encourages and supports people in the local community to develop tooth friendly practices. This is by delivering training sessions, supporting national campaigns and running the My Smile award programme.

The team provide this free support across the Bedford area and Central Bedfordshire, aiming to make mouths healthy!


Oral health training is available to a wide range of people and groups who wish to support and enable good oral health. Some examples of who we train…

  • Health visitors, school nurses, nursery nurses and 0-19 teams
  • Teachers and school staff teams
  • Looked After Children teams
  • Early Years Practitioners

The training is free and can be tailored to the setting and recipients receiving it. To enquire or make a booking, please contact us.

Meet the Team 

Katie Bannister
Oral Health Improvement Manager

Rachel Keith
Oral Health Improvement Manager

Flitwick Health Centre
MK45 1DZ


Guidance for parent/carers for developing a compilation of ways to cope with challenges that children and young people have around toothbrushing

Public Health have worked with Bedford Borough Council  parent-carer forum to develop a compilation of ways to cope with challenges that children and young people have around toothbrushing. It includes ideas from parents and carers who have coped with challenges from their own children, as well as links to websites and videos to provide further help. To view the guide click here

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Other Details

Age Bands
11-14 years old
18-25 years old
Parents and carers
15-17 years old
0-4 years old
5-10 years old