Whether it’s their first tooth or their first visit to the dentist, a child’s early experiences of oral health can impact on the rest of their lives. That’s why it’s so important to teach them about their mouths and introduce them to good habits as soon as possible.
On Friday 16 June 2017, the British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy is running First Smiles, a campaign aiming to introduce oral health education to young children.
First Smiles will not only help teach children more about their oral health but the campaign will also help them to familiarise themselves with what is needed in order to develop and maintain a healthy mouth.
It is a staggering thought, but in primary schools across the UK around eight or nine children in every class will have already developed tooth decay.That’s approaching a quarter of a million children in each primary school year and around 3.3 million young people aged 0-14 years.
Over the last two years we have had great success with First Smiles and we are once again looking for BSDHT members to deliver valuable oral health and hygiene education to thousands of school children across the United Kingdom.
Whether it’s for one lesson, a few hours or a whole morning, please donate your time and engage young children about oral health and hygiene.
You can do tooth brushing demonstrations, guidance and tuition about correct tooth brushing, diet and the amount of sugar in foods and drinks…. there are so many things!
Are you interested in taking part in First Smiles? If the answer is yes, here are your next steps…