School Brushing Scheme Gives Youngsters Something to Smile About in Brighouse

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A dental scheme run by Leeds Beckett University in partnership with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, is making a difference in Brighouse.

Research carried out by the university has confirmed that the programme, which runs in a number of schools in the area, is helping to reduce rates of dental decay among children aged between 3 and 5 years old.

The scheme, which teaches children how to brush their teeth properly and encourages kids to learn good oral hygiene habits, is currently running in 33 schools and children’s centres in the Brighouse area. As well as teaching kids how to brush, the programme also provides toothpaste and toothbrushes for children.

Co-director of the Centre for Health Promotion Research at Leeds Beckett University, Dr James Woodall, said that research suggests that it is possible to include brushing in the daily school schedule. Furthermore, this serves to promote good oral hygiene habits and reduces the risk of cavities in children.

Kath Halstead, from South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, added that the brushing scheme in schools in Calderdale has been a great success and provides children with a valuable life skill that will help to reduce oral health problems now and in the future.


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