Most of us will at one time or another have been persuaded (arm twisted) to give an oral health talk to our children’s schools and this is an ideal way to get the oral health message out there.
The National Dental Epidemiology Programme England highlighted that one in four children under five have decay experience and of those very few were visiting the dental surgery, therefore not getting the appropriate oral health messages.
We need to get the message out there!
That being the case we felt we could help raise awareness of the importance of oral hygiene in children to try and prevent dental disease and in doing so promote our profession to the general public.
To this end we will provide a lesson plan, PowerPoint and interactive white board lesson and activity sheets for all ages from early learning years to Key Stage 2. We aim for it to take place during the British Dental Health Foundation’scampaign National Smile Month with UK wide media (yes, you could get your photo taken for the papers).
The success of this venture will lie with you so if you would be interested in helping or volunteering your time we can help find a school in your area. We have access to a list of schools who have shown interest in oral health activities in the classroom. If you already have a school (or a child in school) then we can help with a draft letter of introduction for you with information for the school on how our plan fits into the curriculum.
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.
Visit www.bsdht.org.uk for more information.
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