Leicester Children’s Dental Programme Scoops Award

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A children’s dental health programme has scooped an award in recognition of the positive difference it has made to standards of oral health among children in the local area.

The Healthy Teeth, Happy Smiles scheme, which is run by Leicester City Council, has been commended by the Royal Society for Public Health. The council is one of just twenty-six organisations recognised by the Royal Society for Public Health for promoting healthy lifestyles and improved wellbeing.

Assistant city mayor, Councillor Abdul Osman, said that after all the hard work to promote children’s oral health in Leicester, it is fantastic to receive recognition. The council is working alongside other organisations, including NHS England, to deliver the scheme and will continue to work on additional measures to improve standards of dental health and prevent childhood decay.

Healthy Teeth, Happy Smiles is Leicester’s first dental scheme and it helps to educate children and parents about dental health. All children receive a series of five free dental health packs by the time they reach the age of 5 years old and these contain informative leaflets, brushing charts and a free toothbrush and toothpaste. Supervised brushing sessions are also available in nurseries.

The initiative is also aimed to help parents and the leaflets are available to help parents switch from bottles to cups, choose healthy meal and snacking options for children and brush their teeth properly. Parents are also invited to exchange bottles for feeding cups free of charge at centres located around the city.

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