Youngsters in the region are brushing up on their oral hygiene
as two local primary schools receive the 'Healthy Teeth
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 Wheatley Hill
Primary School - Nursery unit and the Nursery Unit at Thornley
Primary Thornley are the latest to pick up the award.
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!
"This is Thornley Nursery's 4th year at achieving the award and
they are still very committed in looking after the children's oral
health while they are in the nursery environment by participating
in the supervised tooth brushing programme. With the support
of the Oral Health Promotion team, Thornley nursery, fund the
programme themselves providing the children with toothbrushes and
toothpaste to last the whole academic year. The children are
encouraged to brush their teeth everyday at nursery, it eventually
becomes part of their daily routine. This really does make a
positive difference to the children's dental health.
"This is also Wheatley hill's 4th year at achieving the award,
this proves that the staff and children are striving hard to keep
oral health on 'top form'."
Julie King, Oral Health Promotion Co-ordinator said: "This
is a great achievement for both nurseries - 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
"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: 3 June 2011
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