The Children’s Oral Health Improvement Programme Board (COHIPB) has been launched in England to help combat children’s oral health issues.
The board, headed by Public Health England, brings together the BSPD, NHS England, the BDA, the Local Government Association and the Institute of Health Visiting, with the aim of ensuring that:
- Child oral health is on everyone’s agenda
- The dental workforce have access to evidence-based oral health improvement training
- Oral health data and information is used to the best effect by all key stakeholders
- All stakeholders use the best evidence for oral health improvement
- Child oral health improvement information is communicated effectively.
‘The BDA is happy to support initiatives that could close the yawning gap between children with the best and worst dental health in England,’ chair of the BDA’s Health and Science Committee, Russ Ladwa, said.
‘We believe that the COHIPB has the expertise and know-how to help tackle tooth decay, the number one cause for children to be admitted to hospital.
‘By working together, we hope that health experts, parents, and policy makers are also able to get sensible restrictions on the advertising and availability of junk food.’
The board was also welcomed by the BSPD with Claire Stevens, BSPD spokesperson, saying: ‘What we now need to see is how the organisations that carry responsibility for both policy and for the purse-strings work together to support initiatives at local level.
‘Will they all work collaboratively, for instance, to ensure that the Smile4life prevention initiative is integrated with the work of the new board?
‘With the ambition to give every child a healthy start in life free from dental decay, the new board has a laudable objective.
‘BSPD and its members are behind the COHIB every inch of the way.’