Healthy Teeth, Happy Smiles

Healthy Teeth, Happy Smiles aims to improve the oral health of children and adults in Leicester, and reduce tooth decay and associated health issues.

Further information

National Smile Month

National Smile Month is the largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health, this year it will run between 13 May and 13 June 2019. During National Smile month, the Heathy Teeth, Happy Smiles team will be sharing positive messages and engaging the community to develop and maintain a healthy mouth.

Please come and join us at one of our events. Either a member of the oral health team or a volunteer dentist will be talking to parents about how they look after their children’s teeth, teaching parents how to spot the early signs of decay, and providing goody bags to take away! 

Date Time Location
Thursday 16 May 12.30pm - 2.30pm Toddler Time - St Matthews Library, 10 Malabar Road, LE1 2PD
Friday 17 May 9.30am - 11.15am Stay and Play - Braunstone Children's Centre, Gallards Hill, LE3 1QR
Thursday 23 May 9.30am - 11am Toddler Time - Beaumont Leys Library, Beaumont Way, LE4 1DS
Friday 24 May 10am - 12pm Toddler Time - Rushey Mead Library, Lockerbie Walk, LE4 7ZX
Wednesday 29 May 10am - 12pm Toddler Time - Knighton Library, 165 Clarendon Park Rd, LE2 3AJ
Saturday 1 June 12pm - 6pm Riverside Festival - Bede Park, Western Blvd, LE2 7HN
Tuesday 4 June 10am - 12pm Toddler Time - Belgrave Library, 24 Cossington St, LE4 6JD
Tuesday 4 June 1.15pm - 2.30pm Stay and Play - Bewcastle Children's Centre, Bewcastle Grove, LE4 2JY
Thursday 6 June 9.30am - 11am Stay and Play - Netherhall Children's Centre, New Romney Crescent, LE5 1NH
Friday 7 June 10am - 12pm Toddler Time - Leicester Central Library, Bishop St, LE1 6AA
Tuesday 11 June 1pm - 2.30pm Stay and Play - Saffron Children's Centre, The Crossway, LE2 6QW
Tuesday 18 June 10am - 12pm Toddler Time - Highfields Library, 98 Melbourne Rd, LE2 0DS
Wednesday 19 June 9.30am - 11.30am Toddler Time - The Brite Centre, Braunstone Ave, LE3 1LE


Do you know about the 'Brush, book, bed' routine?

Do you know about the 'Brush, book, bed' routine?

Find tools and get tips to help establish good brushing habits and make it a routine.
Read more about the 'Brush, book, bed' routine (PDF)

Healthy Teeth, Happy Smiles aims to provide:

  • Free toothbrushes and toothpaste for children in oral health packs. All children in the city will receive five oral health care packs by the time they are five, which contain a toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste and oral health information
  • Free baby bottle swaps in all of our children, young people and families centres
  • Supervised toothbrushing. Many of our early years settings (aged 0-5) take part in our free supervised toothbrushing programme where your children will learn how to brush their teeth properly every day.

What can I do to improve my child's oral health?

There are a number of simple steps you can take:

  • take your child to see the dentist before they are one and go regularly
  • brush your child's teeth as soon as the first tooth appears
  • brush at least twice a day
  • don't rinse after brushing just spit the toothpaste out
  • use a fluoride toothpaste
  • ask your dentist about fluoride varnish
  • limit sugary drinks and snacks to meal times only.

You can also view and download our free oral health resources.

To find out how to access these services, contact our oral health team:

Accredited Healthy Teeth, Happy Smiles dental practices

The following dental practices in Leicester are accredited family-friendly dental practices and have demonstrated their commitment to improving children’s oral health in the city 

Practice name Address Tel number
Moti Smile Design Centre 286 Aylestone Road, LE2 7QT 0116 283 2334
Saffron Lane Dental Practice 591 Saffron Lane, LE2 6UN 0116 283 2612
Willowbrook Dental Practice 339 Humberstone Road, LE5 3DF 0116 262 1151
JDRM Dental Care Limited 10 Nelson St, LE1 7BA 0116 296 1473
JDRM Dental Care Limited 5 Roman St, LE3 0BD 0116 296 1478
Smilecare 72 Beaumont Leys Lane, LE4 2BA 0116 266 1422
Splendental Dental Care 498 Narborough Rd, LE3 2FU 0116 289 1078
Smile Dental Practitioners 222 Uppingham Road, LE5 0QG 0116 246 0795
Practices working towards their accreditation Address Tel number
Parkview Dental Practice 138 Victoria Park Rd, LE2 1XD 0116 270 1116
The Whitehouse Dental 36 East Park Road, LE5 5HH 0116 273 0456
Winchester Avenue Dental Surgery 34 Winchester Avenue, LE3 1AU 0116 291 0055
Gohills Dental Practice 194 E Park Rd, LE5 5FD 0116 273 8710