Common Risk Factor Approach
The common risk factor approach addresses risk factors common to many chronic conditions. Oral health is determined by diet, hygiene, smoking, alcohol use, substance use and trauma. As these causes are common to a number of other chronic diseases, adopting an integrated approach has a greater potential for health improvement than one that is disease specific.
Working to a common risk factor approach is likely to have more success and better outcomes for health.
A Curriculum for Excellence
Focussing on health and wellbeing in education is important for developing and establishing healthy behaviours that can be sustained throughout life. In partnership with colleagues from the local authorities, education providers, health promotion and primary care we will promote and encourage a common risk factor approach to promoting oral health.
Scene by Us
Scene by Us is a toolkit designed to support secondary pupils film, produce and distribute a DVD about their school and the choices that young people attending secondary school every day. The idea behind the project is to use the knowledge, ideas, and experiences of young pe ople who have recently begun secondary school to support those who are about to start. Scene by Us takes forward a common risk factor approach with young people by focussing on a number of factors that affects general health and oral health such as food /diet, smoking, physical activity and alcohol use.
- Contact a member of the Oral/Dental Health Promotion Team – email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Max in the Middle
Max in the Middle is an innovative programme that forms part of NHS Forth Valley’s strategy to tackle childhood obesity. The programme runs in schools across Forth Valley incorporating healthy eating, physical activity and mental health.
A common risk factor approach has been taken forward by Max in the Middle addressing factors that impact on obesity together maximising opportunities for health improvement.
The programme links physical activity and healthy eating to self esteem, confidence, relationship building and motivation which encourages young people to make positive lifestyle choices.
Oral health information and messages are delivered through the healthy eating messages and practical activities. See
The children are encouraged to participate in a toothbrushing challenge to brush their teeth and to “Spit, Don’t Rinse” following the advice they have received during the activities. Toothbrush and toothpaste packs including a 2 minute timer are provided for the children to reinforce the toothbrushing message and encourage them to brush their teeth for the recommended 2 minutes.