Dental caries is the number one reason why children aged 5 to 9 are admitted to hospital in England, even though this could be largely prevented through regular brushing, adequate exposure to fluoride and reducing sugar consumption. The NHS spent £30 million on hospital based tooth extractions for children aged 18 years and under in 2012-2013.
Genix Healthcare has been actively addressing these issues by writing to local nurseries and schools over the past 3 months, which has resulted in a number of appointments for oral health sessions with Lauren, our Oral Health Educator at Gloucester.
Lauren has attended their schools or nurseries and in a fun and educational way has shown the children good teeth cleaning practices and made them aware of when to eat treats to reduce the risk of developing tooth decay.
Sessions have included showing the children a large number of samples such as empty cans and wrappers, which the younger children can handle and recognise and the older children can read the sugar content themselves. All the sessions included tooth brushing demonstrations and a bright and colourful information sheet, including an illustration for the children to colour-in. These interactive sessions have proved extremely popular and a positive step forward to a growing problem.
From April through to June, Lauren visited:-
15+ nurseries, 1 Care Home and 7 Primary & Infant Schools, educating children aged 3 -11 years.
Lauren and Practice Manager Barbara Kirk have recently met with the Gloucester Care Services NHS Trust representative who is
over-seeing a ‘Better Smiles Award’ for the under 5’s in nurseries and pre-schools in the Gloucestershire and Wyre Forest area, with the aim of helping to improve their oral hygiene. The representative is looking for a ‘link practice’ to work with, who will assist in providing practical resources and follow-up sessions with the nurseries and pre-schools on a regular basis – a scheme we are proud to be a part of.
But Gloucester is not our only practice to get involved in this important project.
Danielle Stead, our Practice Manager and Dental Nurse from our Hull practice visited Penshurst Primary School in Hessle, spending most of the day with around 120 children. The children were all very receptive, joining in with the games and learning about oral hygiene.
The visit was so successful that Danielle had to return again on the Friday to continue with the rest of the children.
As more of our practices take on the role of educating children on preventative oral health problems, Genix Healthcare is putting together a plan of action to secure the future of our children’s teeth.
Congratulations to our Sparkle Diva’s who completed the ‘Race for Life’ at Temple Newsom in Leeds to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
Cancer Research UK is involved in life saving work in preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer.
The race took place on Saturday 30th May and the girls raised £360 in total which was matched by Mustafa Mohammed of Genix Healthcare and Sparkle Dental Labs, raising a fantastic £720 for this worthy charity.
Thank you to the Sparkle girls for their hard work and to Genix Healthcare and Sparkle Dental Labs for their generosity.
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