School’s lessons on making teeth sparkle

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PUPILS in a Doncaster village are being encouraged to take care of their teeth with the launch a new oral health campaign this week.

Children aged between four and 11 at Highfields Primary School will be given advice on oral hygiene and health products as part of the school’s new campaign.

It is being supported by NHS Doncaster and Doncaster LINk to keep pupils teeth and gums healthier.

With oral health continuing to give cause for concern in Doncaster, residents in Highfields raised dentistry as a key health issue in the local community with Doncaster LINk.

Children living in the area experience higher levels of dental decay than other parts of the borough and higher than the national average. Dr Tony Baxter, Doncaster’s Director of Public Health, commented: “It is very pleasing to see the school taking this action to improve dental health of the children.

“Our key message to pupils and parents is brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks and visit the dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.Fluoride is the main preventative agent in reducing dental decay and it is important that the correct amount of fluoride toothpaste is used to aid this process.”

Doncaster LINk said it is proud to work in a partnership with NHS Doncaster in order to provide improved access to dental health products for the children of Highfields.

The issue was brought to the attention of the LINk by residents of the local community and through working with all parties they are delighted that this project is being launched with the full support of the school and parents.

Teachers will also be involved in short training sessions to increase their knowledge about oral health and its importance for children.