Healthy smiles – dentist open days
Slough Healthy Smiles is working with the council and local dentists to raise awareness about the importance of good oral health.
Slough currently has the highest tooth decay rate in the South East and each year, hundreds of children need a general anaesthetic to have teeth removed.
Open days have been planned for February to introduce children to a dentist and to encourage them to take care of their teeth and gums.
Cllr Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for health and social care, said: “We want to drastically reduce the amount of children with tooth decay, and those who have to have their teeth out because of poor diet choices and little or no brushing, which is why we are working so closely with local dentists and the Healthy Smiles team to spread the word.”
Last year, Slough Healthy Smiles delivered free general oral health information sessions to more than 1,500 children and 500 adults.
They also accredited all 10 of Slough’s children’s centres with a silver or gold award for their high standards of promoting oral health and supporting children with tooth brushing within their setting.
Nationally the biggest reason for hospital admissions for children 5-14 years is to have teeth removed and many of these are due to preventable tooth decay.
Three steps to a healthy smile
- Visit the dentist regularly (visit www.nhs.uk or call 111 to find one near you).
- Brush twice a day for two minutes using fluoride toothpaste.
- Swap sugary foods and drinks for lower sugar alternatives.
For some healthy smile tips, visit the NHS website.
The next dentist open day is Wednesday 20 February, where there will be games, activities and free check ups. These will be happening at:
- Abbey Dental Surgery, SL1 3EG – 01753 536601
- Smile High Street, SL1 1EQ – 01753 523410
- Farnham Road Dental Practice, SL2 1HA – 01753 537634
- Smile Cippenham Dental Practice, SL1 6JA – 01753 577017.