Health practitioners, school and preschool teachers are potential partners in the oral health promotion. Research in life course perspective of health has emphasized the importance of a good early start in life for later adult oral health, ‘Preschool’ period is a critical period. Furthermore, the recent literature also supports a “directed/ targeted population approach” in the prevention of oral diseases, (particularly dental caries), for which preschool and school settings, as well as geographic targeting based on deprivation is suitable (Watt, 2005). The key to success of a health programme is the participation of stakeholders in it. The partnerships of parents and teachers in schools, and local health professionals are essential for the successful implementation of an oral health programme (Tomar, 2008). ). The need for a preventive programme targeting children in deprived communities is evidence-based.
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