Oral Health and Nutrition Support Consultation Process for Referral Community & Public Health has a Child Nutrition and Oral Health Promoter who provides FREE oral health and nutrition support through home visits (or appointments at our office) for families of young children who are at risk of developing tooth decay. This service is available for children under 5 years of age in the South Canterbury region.
Referrals can be made following any contact with families of children under 5 years of age. Please refer any child aged under 5 for a home visit if they have one or more of the following risk factors for developing tooth decay.
Risk factors for developing tooth decay:
Please discuss referral with caregiver and after gaining permission, give them the referral card with information about the service and let them know that the Child Nutrition and Oral Health Promoter will contact them. Then complete the referral form on the back and fax, post or email the completed form to the details provided on the referral form.
Appointment will be made for a consultation either at the family’s home or alternative as preferred.
Consultation will cover current oral hygiene practices and nutritional intake. The family will then be offered with recommendations and support for improvements, with consideration of socioeconomic restraints and cultural practices of the family. The family then identifies up to three related goals to work on.
A follow-up phone consultation 2 weeks later is offered to the family.
A record of any recommendations made to the family will be made available to the referrer for their record.
Click here for a referral form
Click here for details for the Child Nutrition & Oral Health Promoter card
Click here for the Healthy Snacks for Healthy Teeth Guide