Dental Academy

Outreach and liaison

Students involved in dental outreach
Students involved in dental outreach

As a student of the Dental Academy you will be part of the local community, combining state of the art education with the treatment of local people and meeting their diverse needs.

You will be working in partnership with many community based organisations across the city, including homeless people, young people, older people, offenders on probation, children's centres and many other support groups. This means that students at the Dental Academy can fully understand community engagement and recognise the impact of different lifestyles on values, attitudes and behaviour.

There are many benefits to community-based learning projects, they allow students to improve their clinical and patient management skills and ensure dental graduates have an informed and meaningful insight into the factors which influence health inequalities at a community level. The expected benefits to the wider community are a better understanding of the causes of disease, improved oral health and a reduction in oral health inequalities. Subsequently, many disadvantaged people will be able to benefit from dental care and treatment.

If you would like to take part in any of our activities that aim to inspire and inform young people about university in general please see our Education Liaison and Outreach Team pages.

For further information about any of our Education Liaison and Outreach activities, please contact us.

For more information on the Dental academy's community outreach projects please contact Gemma Potts.

UPDA’s community projects have opened up many opportunities within my career as a dental hygiene therapist. I have been able to give examples of caring for a range of patients and also a variety of community projects such as a drug and alcohol detoxification centre, residential homes, and foster care.

Joanne Foster, Previous level 6 student

Brush UP - The Dental Academy's oral health improvement scheme

Brush UP is a supervised tooth brushing programme that's goal is to increase the prevalence of good oral health from an early age. The Dental Academy oversees the programme in schools and nurseries in and around the Portsmouth area, providing toothpaste and toothbrushes to children, along with oral health advice.

Class teachers are trained to run the scheme in their classroom and shown an appropriate tooth brushing technique for young children. Children will brush their teeth for 2 minutes once a day at school. As part of the Brush UP programme children will also receive a fluoride varnish twice a year.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To improve the oral health of children in Portsmouth
  • To offer oral health education to support families in self-management of oral health
  • To signpost children in need of treatment to local NHS dental services or their existing dentist
  • To encourage a positive relationship with dental services from a young age

Brush UP aims to ensure that as many children as possible, who would benefit from being on the programme, are given the opportunity to join.


Brush UP - Information for Parents and Carers

Here is a list of information aimed at parents and carers regarding brushing teeth and registering your child with a dentist:

Duraphat Fluoride Varnish - parent/carer information (downloadable .PDF): Colgate Duraphat Fluoride Varnish - Parent/Carer information

Delivering better oral health: an evidence-based toolkit for prevention (downloadable .PDF): Delivering Better Oral Health

Dear Parent/Guardian - consent form (.PDF): Parent consent letter


Dental Consent Form (.PDF): Dental Consent Form


Dental Consent Form (.PDF): 

Supervised toothbrushing programme leaflet (.PDF): Supervised toothbrushing programme leaflet (Arabic)


Dental Consent Form (.PDF): Dental Consent Form (Bengali)

Supervised toothbrushing programme leaflet (.PDF): Supervised toothbrushing programme leaflet (Bengali)


Dental Consent Form (.PDF): Dental Consent Form (Kurdish)

Supervised toothbrushing programme leaflet (.PDF): Supervised toothbrushing programme leaflet (Kurdish)


Dental Consent Form (.PDF): Dental Consent Form (Polish)

Supervised toothbrushing programme leaflet (.PDF): Supervised toothbrushing programme leaflet (Polish)


Dentist registration information

Aim to register your baby with a dentist soon after birth or by the time they are six months of age.

From then on, take your child to the dental practice as advised by your dental team.

Taking your baby to the dental practice as early as possible helps them to get used to the sights, sounds and smells of a dental practice and give you access to information, advice and support for looking after your child's teeth.

Please contact us if you need help with registering your child with a dentist.

Brush UP - Information for Teachers

Here is a list of downloadable documents, forms and slides for teachers on the Brush UP scheme:

Improving oral health: a toolkit to support commissioning of supervised toothbrushing programmes in early years and school settings

Protocol for the Implementation of the Supervised Tooth Brushing Programme in Primary Schools (downloadable .PDF): Supervised tooth brushing handbook

Supervised toothbrushing programme leaflet (downloadable .PDF): Supervised Toothbrushing Leaflet

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