Children At Timaru School Benefiting From New Dental Service

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Children used to dread going to see the dental nurse but those days are gone and now children at Highfield School, Timaru, look forward to their trip to the dental therapist.

Dental therapist Sue Hewitson visits the school in a mobile dental unit, which is designed to cater for younger patients. The sessions she has with the children aim to make oral health education fun and encourage children to look after their teeth and gums. Sue has been a dental therapist for over 40 years and she said that the time she spends with the kids is very rewarding; the mobile unit is modern and it is kitted out with all the latest equipment, which is exciting and interesting for the children.

Charmaine, an 11 year old student from Highfield School, said that she likes going to see Sue because the chair is “cool and comfy.” The van provides preventative treatments and Sue always takes time to talk to the children about healthy eating, cleaning their teeth and flossing.

The mobile unit is compact but it contains everything you could possibly need, including a digital X-ray machine, which enables kids to see detailed images of their mouth.

Sue is joined by dental assistant,Susan Spring; between them, they see around 20 children per day and travel to schools around Glenavy and Hnids and Airaki Mt Cook.


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