Early Childhood Tooth Decay website
Action Plan Workbook and Toolkit
A fun, learning and promotional activity book to help prevent tooth
Healthy Smile Happy Child project
offers practical information, support and resources to help decrease Early Childhood
Tooth Decay (ECTD), the most common chronic illness in young children. The information and
resources are designed to be used by service providers and caregivers who work with or have
children from birth to six years, and also those who work with pregnant women.
The Healthy Smile Happy Child project
aims is to ensure service providers and caregivers feel more confident in delivering
basic early childhood oral health messages to their communities. The project encourages that
healthy oral health habits start at birth and are continued throughout life, to prevent the harmful
effects of early childhood tooth decay and further oral health complications for everyone. Supports
and resources are available to anyone wanting to offer opportunities that will help improve
children’s oral health within their community. For information and access to oral health resources
and supports within your community please contact the public health unit at (204) 578-2500.
For more information about the Healthy Smile Happy Child project please contact the Healthy
Smile Happy Child Provincial Coordinating Office:
Healthy Smile Happy Child
501B JBRC - 715 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P4
Phone: 204-789-3500 Fax: 204-977-5691
Happy Oral Health Promoting!
4 – Point Prevention of Early Childhood Tooth Decay:
Regular oral care; starting right from birth.
· Key: only water in the bottle or sippy cup in between meals.
· Health Canada recommends breastfeeding exclusively till the age of 6 months. Breastmilk is
the most natural and nutritious food for an infant. Breastfed infants are at a lower risk of
developing early childhood tooth decay.
Check your mouth regularly.
Have your child see your dental professional regularly; the Manitoba Dental
Association recommends starting at the age of one.