Suffolk County Council Launches New Children’s Oral Health Campaign

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Suffolk County Council has launched a new children’s oral health campaign. The Keep Suffolk Smiling programme aims to encourage good oral health baits from an early age and will hopefully reduce rates of decay among the county’s children in the years to come.

This marks the launch of the first county-wide oral health programme in Suffolk and councillors are hoping that it will make a significant difference to standards of oral health in the future.

The programme provides parents and carers with an oral hygiene starter pack, which contains a toothbrush, toothpaste and leaflets containing oral hygiene tips and advice. The scheme also aims to educate children and parents about brushing and flossing techniques, the importance of dental visits and dietary advice relating to which foods and drinks to avoid in order to reduce the risk of decay and acid erosion.

The latest statistics for Suffolk show that rates of decay among the county’s 5 year olds vary considerably depending on where in the county they grew up. The Keep Suffolk Smiling programme will aim to close gaps between more and less affluent areas and ensure children enjoy a level playing field in terms of access to oral health education and advice.

Councils all over the UK are working to target decay, one of the most common preventable illnesses in British children, after reports revealed that thousands of young children are hospitalised for dental treatment every year.

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