All Smiles for Kids at Waterthorpe Infants School

CHILDREN at Waterthorpe Infants School have received a special visit from Immediate Past President for the British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy to teach them about the importance of good dental health and the necessary habits for a healthy smile for life.

Julie Rosse spent a whole day with the Sheffield school, leading dedicated workshops for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 pupils.

Classes included the importance of a good diet, as well as toothbrushing demonstrations. Children also had their teeth painted to show up plaque deposits. It was all part of a very busy but especially fun day at Waterthorpe!

Julie Rosse said: “Children are like sponges at this age, they absorb so much information from those around them so it’s important to give them the right dental health messages from the outset.

“This enables them to adopt good habits whilst they are still young which will hopefully last them a lifetime.

“A simple brushing technique twice a day for two minutes with a toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, as well as eating a balanced diet and reducing the number of sugary drinks and snacks should be taught from a very early age ­ this equips children to keep their teeth for life and teaches the importance of always having a healthy smile.”

The children followed up workshops in their classrooms with several activities throughout the day and they have all taken their toothbrushes, toothpaste and charts home to share with their families.

Caryn Moffatt, Waterthorpe’s Healthy Schools Coordinator added: “The children really enjoyed the workshops, particularly the role playing of the dentists and their patients.

“They were fascinated by the changes in the colour of the dye and how this showed how thoroughly we need to brush our teeth. The workshops were also very effective in addressing some fundamental misconceptions that the children had. For example, 'mints are good for freshening your mouth' or 'chocolate is good so it must be good for you.”

On Friday 19 June, the British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy will run their very own First Smiles campaign. The event will aim to get as many dental hygienists as possible to visit schools in the area, and throughout the United Kingdom, to engage young children with valuable dental health education.

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The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) is a nationally recognised body that represents over 4,000 Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists across the UK and beyond.

BSDHT maintain an on-going dialogue with the General Dental Council (GDC), the Departments of Health and all of the main groups representing dental care professionals, and attends meetings of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Dentistry, bringing dental hygiene and therapy to the attention of government ministers and MP’s.

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