Tooth fairies spread smiles in Rochdale

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A group of dental nurses, who dressed up as tooth fairies to visit local children, have been spreading smiles in Rochdale.

The tooth fairies, dental nurses based in the borough, have been visiting children’s centres, nurseries and groups run by childminders to talk to children about oral hygiene and looking after their teeth and gums. The nurses also provided useful information and tips for parents, carers and childminders.

As part of a tour of the local area, the tooth fairies have brought smiles to hundreds of faces over the past few weeks. Sessions have been held at Littleborough Children’s Centre, Heywood Baptist Church and Jollytots Play Centre.

The initiative, which was warmly welcomed by local nurseries and children’s groups, was part of the Oral Health Foundation’s annual National Smile Month campaign.

Rochdale has an unenviable record when it comes to tooth decay, with up to 47% of five-year-olds displaying signs of tooth decay. Informal, fun visits from the tooth fairy team are designed to educate children about brushing, to talk to them about the importance of healthy eating and to encourage them to look after their smiles for many years to come.

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