New children’s dental health campaign launches in Ipswich

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A new children’s dental health campaign has launched in Ipswich.

The Mayor of Ipswich was joined by council members and dental professionals at Cliff Lane Primary School for the launch of a brand new scheme, which is designed to bring rates of decay down. The pilot project, which is part of the Keep Suffolk Smiling campaign, will involve Cliff Lane and Highfield Nursery Primary Schools. Over the course of the coming months, teachers at the schools will be working with the local NHS community dental teams to educate children about oral health and provide them with information they can take home to their parents.

Although standards of oral health are improving in England, dental decay remains a serious issue, with almost a quarter of the country’s 5-year-olds displaying signs of decay. The aim of school-based initiatives is to encourage good habits from an early age and try and prevent as many cases of severe decay as possible.

Cabinet member for health at Suffolk County Council and chair of the Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board, Tony Goldson, said that more needs to be done to improve children’s oral health, despite the fact the children in Suffolk have better oral health than in most parts of the country. The latest pilot scheme is a demonstration of the council working with educators, health professionals, children and parents to try and ensure every child has a healthy smile.

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