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Friday, February 21, 2014
Who says looking after your teeth can’t be fun, especially with a dentist determined to brush away old habits by teaching children how to make their teeth sparkle.
The Bluebell Dental Practice, in Tomswood Hill, Hainault, has set up its own Saturday group which they call the Kidz club, that will teach children the importance of dental hygiene through fun and games.
The 15 children who attended the launch of the club received balloons and goodie bags filled with dental hygiene products.
One in four five-year-old are suffering with, on average, three or four of their teeth being affected by decay, said a survey carried out by the National Dental Epidemiology Programme for England on children’s dental care.
So the practice has set up the initiative to help children stop decay, even offering children and teenagers up to 18 free NHS check-ups and treatments.
Bluebell’s principal, Dr Suki Shakhti, said: “The recent survey is one of a number of studies which show just how important it is that children get into good habits at an early age when it comes to looking after their mouth.”
The practice is also planning to make trips into schools and nurseries across the borough to teach pupils how to ward off tooth decay.
Bluebell administrator, Anna Samuels, said: “The oral health educator spent time with each of the children, making it clear there was really no need to be nervous about going to the dentist.”
Dr Shakhti added: “We very much hope that the free treatment offered via the Kidz Club - allied to advice presented in a fun and entertaining way - will make an impression on both children and their parents, who obviously have an important role to play.”
If you would be interested in having the dentistry visit your school or nursery, call 020 8500 6789.