Slough Borough Council promotes dental initiative to tackle decay

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Slough Borough Council is promoting a dental initiative to tackle decay in children. The council has put plans together to try and reduce sugar consumption and encourage better oral health habits in a bit to curb rising rates of decay.

The council is pushing an existing scheme following the publication of statistics by Public Health England the launch of a new healthy snacking campaign, which is urging parents to stick to a maximum of two 100-calorie snacks per day. Members of the council have already arranged informal sessions at local schools, children’s centres and nurseries to talk to children and their parents about subjects including oral hygiene and effective cleaning and healthy eating.

The aim of the project is to reduce the number of children who suffer from tooth decay by encouraging better oral health habits and trying to lower sugar consumption. Research suggests that many children are consuming more than the recommended daily intake of sugar through snacking alone and the new Public Health England campaign is encouraging parents to provide children with healthier snacks that have much lower sugar content.

Since its inception in March 2017, the project has received a lot of positive feedback from parents and children, with over 160 hours devoted to informative and educational sessions. In addition, 4,000 leaflets containing useful information about healthy eating and helpful brushing tips have been circulated in the area.

The council is working closely with Public Health England and local dentists to improve standards of oral health, and members are committed to driving the campaign forward in the months and years to come.

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