Manchester Dentists Spread Smiles In Time For Christmas
Dentists in Manchester have been helping to spread smiles around the city in preparation for Christmas.
Dentists in the city have been giving away free toothbrushes and toothpaste to children to help to reduce rates of decay and promote good oral health. Dentists at practices across the city are participating in a pilot project called, ‘Baby Teeth Do Matter’ to try and encourage parents to take their child for regular dental checks and also encourage children to take good care of their teeth and gums. Dentists are giving out free toothbrushes to children under the age of 6 years old who have not been to see a dentist before.
Statistics show that 1 in 5 three year olds in the region have signs of decay and this figure doubles by the time they reach the age of 5 years old.
Colette Bridgman, chair of the Greater Manchester Local Dental Network, said that oral health is very important for young children and an area that health experts are trying to improve; the campaign is designed to make parents aware of the importance of oral health and also to encourage them to make the most of dental care; NHS dental treatment is available free of charge for children and children should attend regular dental checks from the age of 12 months.
Dentists are also taking time to teach parents about oral hygiene and diet; dentists will be showing parents how to brush the teeth properly and offering advice on healthy eating for children. One of the major causes of decay among young children is sugar consumption, which has increased significantly in recent years.
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