On the 12th July Community Dental Services and Mayor Dave Hodgson joined by Councillor Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health, visited The Haven 2000 Nursery and Preschool to see ‘Healthy Smiles’, a supervised toothbrushing programme for Bedford Borough schools and early years settings, in action.
Mayor Dave Hodgson said “I was delighted to visit The Haven 2000 Nursery and Preschool, and hear about the work they have been doing as part of ‘Healthy Smiles’. They have been very pro-active in introducing the programme, and are really seeing the results and should be congratulated on all their hard work.”
Councillor Louise Jackson added “As a mum I know how difficult it can be to avoid sugary foods and drinks and make sure children brush their teeth effectively, but there are three simple steps you can take with your kids to protect their teeth: visit the dentist regularly from an early age; keep sugary drinks and food to mealtimes only and brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, spitting and not rinsing afterwards.”
Community Dental Service is very pleased with The Haven 2000 Nursery and Preschool achievements and proud to be part of their success. By promoting a positive oral health message, reducing the frequency of sugary food and drinks given to children, and introducing a supervised tooth brushing programme, ‘Healthy Smiles’ has a really positive impact on children’s dental health within early years settings and preschools.
For more information about Healthy Smiles programme and Supervised Toothbrushing Programme please contact:
Community Dental Services
Oral Health Promotion Team