A better Medway

Resources and training

If you work with residents or vulnerable adults and children in Medway, as a professional or volunteer, you can have a huge impact on their oral health. This can include:

  • encouraging them to brush their teeth
  • helping them get a toothbrush and toothpaste if they do not have one
  • if they are homeless, encouraging them to use your bathroom facilities to brush their teeth.

Below are links to resources and training to help you promote good oral health.

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Medway Health Improvement Training

Free, council run courses covering a wide variety of public health topics.

Find out more about Medway Health Improvement Training.

Children's Oral Health Programme

An e-learning programme giving information and advice about children’s oral health. It is aimed at:

  • parents
  • expectant mothers
  • early years healthcare workers
  • teachers
  • nurses
  • GPs
  • the public.

Find out more about the Children's Oral Health Programme.

Medway Care Portal

This site is specifically for our care providers and their staff. It offers a range of different training features, communication tools and resources.

Find out more about the Medway Care Portal.

Skills for Care Oral Health training 

Advice on oral health training requirements for workers in adult social care.

Find out more on the Skills for Care website.

Resources for dentists

The British Dental Association (BDA)

One stop shop for dentists and dental students including a library, campaign resources, events, job opportunities and advice. 

Find out more on the BDA website.

Delivering Better Oral Health

Prevent oral diseases using this toolkit developed for dental teams using evidenced based research and good practice guidelines.

Find out more about the oral health toolkit on the GOV.UK website.

British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD)

Find a range of resources, news and media updates on dental health. There is also a 'Kidsvids' section which includes videos useful for sharing with families.

Find out more on the BSPD website.

Breastfeeding and dental health

Government guidance on how dental teams can support and encourage mothers to breast feed, including a useful infographic.

See the breastfeeding and dental health guidance on the GOV.UK website.

Resources for public sector workers and volunteers

Child Oral Health

A guide for all health and care professionals with advice, services and resources that can help families and communities look after children’s dental health. 

Find out more about child oral health on the GOV.UK website.

First Steps Nutrition Trust

A guide to snacks for children in early years settings, offering practical ideas that are cost-effective and in line with national nutrition guidance.

Useful for nurseries, childminders, health visitors and community nurses.

Find out more on the First Steps Nutrition Trust website.

Oral health in the early years foundation stage (EYFS)

Information and tips for early years providers who must promote good oral health in their settings as part of their statutory safeguarding and welfare requirements.

Find out more on the GOV.UK website.

Public Health England (PHE)

Sign up to the PHE campaign resource centre to access oral health resources including leaflets, posters, guides and resource packs.

Find out more on the Department of Health and Social Care website.

Dental Check By 1 (DCby1)

Find campaign materials encouraging families to take their child to a dentist by their first birthday.

Find out more on the DCby1 website.

The Oral Health Foundation

The home of 2 national annual campaigns, Smile Month and Mouth Cancer Action Month.

It includes a helpful A to Z of oral health information and educational resources for early years and key stages 1 and 2.

Find out more on the Oral Health Foundation website.

Better Health  

Advice for families on how to eat better and move more, including information to help reduce the amount of sugar in our diet.

Find out more on the Better Health website.

Dental health: migrant health guide

Advice and guidance on the dental health needs of migrant patients.

Find out more on the GOV.UK website.

Resources for professionals working in adult social care

Oral health toolkit for adults in care homes

This toolkit includes the latest advice about the care of residents' oral health, training materials, templates and links to publications.

Find out more about the toolkit on the GOV.UK website.

Care Rights UK

Guides that cover a wide range of topics, including mouth and teeth care. Can be downloaded as a PDF, app or video.

Find out more on the Care Rights UK website.

British Society of Gerondontology

Dedicated to the oral care and health of older adults. The website includes policies, reports, guidelines, teaching resources as well as events and courses.

Find out more on the British Society of Gerondontology website.

The Alzheimer's Association 

Find out about the dental problems that people with dementia may face at different stages and methods for treatment and prevention.

Visit the Alzheimer's Association website to find out more.

Dementia UK

Advice and guidance for carers and family members looking after the oral health of someone living with dementia.

Find out more on the Dementia UK website.

The Appointment - Dementia Awareness

A film by Health Education England that raises awareness of the problems someone living with dementia may face when attending a dental appointment.

Watch The Appointment - Dementia Awareness video.