Help your child to keep their teeth healthy


A major campaign has been launched in Barking and Dagenham to help improve young children’s dental health.

The Teeth for Life programme aims to teach parents and their youngsters how to care for their teeth and reduce tooth decay in young children.

Public Health statistics show that tooth decay is the top cause of non-emergency hospital admissions for five to nine-year-olds, with one in four five-year-old children in London suffering from tooth decay.

Action has been taken to improve oral health among youngsters in the borough by introducing a new initiative to help parents/carers understand the importance of good oral health care.

A programme has been launched in pre-schools, day nurseries and reception classes in schools.

The programme ‘Teeth for Life’ provides training for adults working with children 0-5 years and as a result over 6000 children in childcare provision or school are learning to brush their teeth daily for two minutes.

 

‘The young children who took part in the video are a shining example and we hope that many more will follow in their footsteps and encourage better dental hygiene’

 

Children have been given their own toothbrush to use in nursery or school and have been taught to use the dry-brushing method, which is integrated into the daily routine.

Borough-born filmmaker Marc Barnes has produced a heart-warming video with local school children from Ripple Primary and Thomas Arnold Primary schools where they discuss keeping their teeth healthy.

The campaign will run from February to July 2018 and more details can be found on www.lbbd.gov.uk/teethforlife

Councillor Maureen Worby, Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health Integration, said: “It is really important that we raise awareness of tooth decay in children.

“Parents need to have the right information to help them create healthy habits that will last children a lifetime and we hope this campaign will go a long way to achieving that.

“The young children who took part in the video are a shining example and we hope that many more will follow in their footsteps and encourage better dental hygiene.”

Children can visit NHS dentists for free until they are 18 or 19 if they are in full-time education. Parents can use the NHS’s free online tool to find their local dentist.