National Smile Month runs from 20th May to 20th June 2013 and this year’s campaign is about promoting three key messages in helping to reduce dental disease.
Bolton FT’s Oral Health Promotion Department will be providing displays and handing out oral health information within a selection of children’s centres across the borough.
Prior to the launch of this year’s Smile Month we are holding a dental forum for local dental practitioners and their staff, working with them in developing oral health prevention within their practices.
Jean Holgate, Oral Health Promotion Manager, says, “Oral health has always been traditionally very poor in children under five throughout Bolton. In 2003-2004 the average five year old in Bolton had three times the national average of dmft [decayed, missing and filled teeth]”.
The aim of the displays within our children’s centres and the launch of the dental forum is to try and reduce inequalities, the prevalence and the incidences of dental disease across Bolton, by working in partnership with a range of health, educational and social care partners. This is along with raising parental awareness of the importance of prevention with regards to dental disease.
The three key messages are:-
- Brush teeth for two to three minutes twice a day with a family fluoride toothpaste, and spit but do not rinse to encourage optimum fluoride uptake.
- Cut down on how often you eat sugary foods and drinks; try to keep sugar to meal time only.
- Visit the dentist as often as recommended.
For further information contact:
Oral Health Promotion Department
Waters Meeting Health Centre
Waters Meeting Road,
Tel: 01204 463030