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Preschool Oral Health Education and Brushing Programme

Kids enjoying our brushing sessions at one of the preschools we go to.

From the 1st of January 2012, with the assistance from Counties Manukau District Health Board (DHB) we have been able to train preschool centre staff to implement a daily tooth brushing program at their preschool.  This includes funding to train health professionals about oral health and nutrition.
This program of training and oral health education has been very successful and we have seen great results.
The services we provide include:
• General Oral Health and Healthy Food and Drinks Education sessions
• Tooth brushing training program for Preschool Centre Staff
• Ongoing training, support, audit and evaluation of the program

WHY BRUSH TEETH IN PRESCHOOL CENTRES?
There are important reasons why preschool centres should have a daily tooth-brushing program.
• Tooth brushing with fluoride toothpaste is a simple, widely recommended and widely practised method of caring for teeth. When done routinely and properly, tooth brushing can reduce the amount of plaque which contains the bacteria associated with gum disease and tooth decay, as well as provide the cavity-preventing benefits of fluoride.
• Regular removal of plaque from children’s teeth will reduce dental decay.
• Regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste also helps to reduce tooth decay.
• Children learn basic hygiene principles and develop tooth-brushing skills by brushing their own teeth.
• The children may not be brushing at home. Sometimes the only time children brush their teeth are at the preschool they attend. This can encourage families to brush their teeth at home.
• By encouraging young children to brush regularly, we help them to keep their teeth for life

Our Preschool Educators

Hereraina Eketone

Hereraina Eketone

E noho ana ahau, kei runga I toku waka a Tainui,
E hoe ana, kei runga I aa, Mango-o-kewa aa, ka tae kia waimeha,
E hikoi ana mai I a Rangitoto aa, ka tae kia Tarapounamu tu mai oku maunga rangatira,
E whakairo ana I toku whare tupuna aa, Te Tokaanga-nui-a-noho I te marae o Te Kuiti I taku taea mai ki toku marae a Mangapehi.
Ko Rora, Ko Porotarau ngā tangata,
Ko Maniapoto, Rereahu oku hapu,
Ko Rereahu, te iwi.
Ko Andrea Te Huamanuka Crown raua ko Ranginui Eketone oku matua.
No Nadine Hereraina Eketone Ahau.
I am a pre-school dental educator working for Smilecare Dental in Manukau. I have been working in this job for 4 years.
I am passionate about helping people in any way that I can through, being a Kohanga Reo educator for 10 years to working in my current position.
I also think that learning and growth is on-going, every day is a new day of learning through the different interactions verbal and non-verbal that we are faced with daily.
I have written songs for our dental program to making tooth brush holders,
I am also continually thinking of new ways to deliver our program with key points in mind.

Lusiola Kinikini

Lusiola Kinikini

Malo e Lelei, Ko hoku hingoa ko Lusiola Oloa Samoa Kinikini, 35 years old, comes from the beautiful island of Tonga.
I am the Preschool Dental Educator for Smilecare Dental for over 5 years now, but before that I was a Dental Therapist in Tonga for 7 years before me and my family moved here in August 2012.
The last few years before we migrated here to New Zealand, I was part of a team that goes out to each primary school every day to do a toothbrushing programme with them and I was really enjoying it. 
Working together with the staff in preschool to run the toothbrushing programme, and to see the children enjoying brushing their teeth makes you think how lucky they really are to start at a really young age, we are not only teaching them how to brush their teeth, but we are teaching them a good habit and will always remain for a lifetime.
In this Programme, I have worked alongside my colleague to come up with more interactive and fun ways to modify our delivery method to ensure that the students are always interested.
I always endeavour to grow my knowledge and get more people interested in Oral health.

Naomi Peleti

Naomi Peleti

Talofa lava, o loʻu igoa o Naomi Peleti. Ou te sau mai le atunuu matagofie o Samoa. Faafetai ile Atua mo Lana faamanuiaga  ia te a'u ua atoa ai le 4 tausaga o lau auaunaga ile Smilecare dental. Ou te fesoasoani ile Polokalama o le soifua maloloina o nifo i le Faleaoga amata o tamaiti Samoa. Ele gata o le galueaga ole polokalame soifua maloloina o nifo ile aoga amata a tamaiti Samoa ao galuega faaofisa ofisa mo Smilecare lea foi out galue iai. 
Hello, my name is Naomi Peleti. I hail from the lovely island nation of Samoa. With God’s blessing, I have been working at Smilecare for past 4 years. I help deliver the Tooth Brushing programme to the Preschools in Samoan language. Apart from Preschool, I help with the Administration work for all our Smilecare Group. I have grown a passion for oral health while being in this company and it gives me great pleasure to be able to share my knowledge with the lovely students at the preschools.