SUSSEX Community NHS Trust’s oral health improvement team is organising a series of major events in May and June to spread the message of good oral health to West Sussex children and their families.
Primary schools, early years settings and children and family centres across the county have been invited to participate in Brushathon events, during which children will be asked to bring in their own toothbrushes and brush their teeth for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste.
The Brushathon events have been timed to coincide with National Smile Month (May 15 to June 15), throughout which the British Dental Health Foundation will be giving out messages about how much a healthy diet and lifestyle can benefit people’s oral health. “Last year 3,500 West Sussex children took part in Brushathon events – and this summer we hope to beat this total,” says oral health improvement team member Lynette Anear.
“The aim of National Smile Month is provide a fun and imaginative way to encourage children to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, reduce their intake of sugary foods and drinks and see their dentist regularly,” she adds.
Good oral healthcare helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Poor oral hygiene, meanwhile, can have a serious impact on children’s long-term health – it can even lead to conditions like diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
For more information on National Smile visit www.smilemonth.org