Youngsters in Easington are brushing up on their oral hygiene as
two of the local primary schools receive the 'Healthy Teeth
Statistics show that 53% of young children have tooth decay in
the Easington locality. The Healthy Teeth Award was launched by the
Oral Health Promotion team, County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust, to help reduce tooth decay in young children and
to raise awareness between the strong link to healthy eating and
good dental health, as well as reinforcing the importance of
regular, thorough tooth brushing for young children with the
support of an adult.
It is aimed at children under five years old and Sea View
Primary School nursery and reception class in Seaham and Acre Rigg
Infants/ Nursery Unit in Peterlee are the latest to pick up the
Sandra Laws Project Lead said: "The Healthy Teeth Award is
aiming to educate everyone who is involved with the care and
welfare of young children as well as the children themselves.
Early intervention of healthy eating habits as well as regular
tooth brushing with the help and support of parents in particular
and visits to the dentist will help children to have healthy teeth
and with continued good practice healthy teeth as an adult too.
"It is important that steps are taken to help reduce tooth decay
in young children. Healthy teeth enable young children to eat and
talk better as well as leading to a happier smile!
"Sea View nursery and reception class have sustained their good
practice where healthy eating and healthy teeth are concerned they
have continued to demonstrate a very healthy eating regime. The
children also have stories and activities regularly that support
the importance of looking after their teeth. This became very
apparent during my oral health session with the children as their
knowledge on the subject was very good.
"Acre Rigg Infants/Nursery Unit is very pro-active when it comes
to the children's oral health. They always make sure that
healthy snacks and drinks are provided and promote the importance
of caring for teeth and good oral health."
This is the fourth year that both establishments have been
awarded the 'Healthy Teeth Award' recognising their continuing
Julie King, Oral Health Promotion Co-ordinator said:
"This is a great achievement for both Sea View nursery and
reception class and Acre Rigg Infants/Nursery Unit - achieving the
award for the fourth year. They have both shown evidence of good
practice especially where healthy eating is concerned. The
children clearly could recognise healthy snacks and drinks, which
would have a positive effect with their oral health this is all
thanks to the dedicated staff.
"Developing an award such as this uses positive achievable steps
towards tackling health improvement within schools and allows an
ideal opportunity for partnership working within the
Published: 10 May 2011
'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after
and very impressed.'
Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital