Flintshire Schools Receive Awards For Oral Health Efforts

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Fourteen schools in Flintshire have received awards in recognition of their efforts to teach children about oral hygiene and promote good oral health.

The schools all took part in the Designed to Smile scheme, which was set up by the Welsh Assembly in a bid to reduce rates of decay in Wales. Children received a toothbrush and toothpaste pack and were encouraged to brush their teeth twice a day as part of the scheme. The schools were all given plaques to reward their commitment to the scheme at a special ceremony at the Gwynedd School, Flint.

Marian Jones, manager of the Designed to Smile scheme, said that the plaques are designed to showcase the efforts of schools and nurseries across Wales to try and improve standards of oral health among children.

The Gwynedd School also received a special award for being the first school in Wales to promote the ‘Flagship’ programme.

The awards were presented by Dr Sandra Sandham, from the Dental Public Health Team, Public Health Wales and Clinical Director of North Wales Community Dental Service. Dr Sandham said that she hoped that the success of the schools would encourage other schools to get involved and help make Wales’ youngsters healthier


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