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Having a healthy smile

Oral health

Children are being educated about the steps they need to take to have good oral health.

Slough currently has the highest tooth decay rate in the South East and is one of 13 towns that has been identified nationally under the Starting Well: A Smile4Life Initiative, where tooth decay in under fives is at a particularly high level.

The council’s public health team and dentists have also been working closely with local schools and children’s centres, to help with oral health education and facilitate supervised brushing.

One initiative was a series of open days at dentists, where children could meet a dentist and have their first appointment. Further sessions are planned for October, so keep an eye out for details.

Cllr Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for health and social care, said: “We are aware that currently Slough has many more children than we would like with tooth decay, tooth loss, and poor oral hygiene. Our children’s centres are working hard along with local dentists to help children understand the importance of teeth brushing from an early age, and help parents understand good diet choices with low sugar content that will help promote good oral health.

“If we educate our children now then we can drastically reduce the amount of children suffering with poor oral health in the borough, and set them up for life with good brushing skills and great oral health.”

During National Smile Month in June, Slough children’s centres joined in the campaign, by organising healthy eating sessions, playdough teeth modelling and workshops and information sessions for parents.

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