Peterborough dental practice hosts open day for local children

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Members of staff at a dental practice near Peterborough invited local children to visit the surgery and learn all about oral hygiene recently.

The open day was part of an ongoing community project run by Bupa Dental Care in Herlington. On the day, children were invited to take part in fun activities, including a colouring competition, and nurses were also on hand to offer advice about brushing and healthy eating and answer questions. 

As well as meeting the dental team, learning about good oral health habits and having a look around, children were invited to have a routine check-up. The move is part of a wider effort to provide better access to NHS services in the area. Although there are currently no NHS child places available at the practice, more than 130 children and their parents attended the open day. Children were able to have their teeth checked, and parents were informed about available NHS services and the kinds of treatments that are on offer for younger patients. NHS dental care is free of charge for children.

Practice manager at Bupa Dental Herlington, Karen Fox said that the entire team was “delighted” with the response to the open morning. The fact that so many people attended indicates that parents have an interest in oral health and they want to learn more about dental hygiene and find out about NHS services available to their children.

Tooth decay is the leading cause of hospital admissions for children in the UK, despite the fact that almost all cases are preventable. 

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