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READY TEDDY GO FOR HEALTHY TEETH

May 22, 2006 4:17 PM

Forty-four nurseries in East Glasgow are holding Teddy Bears' Picnics in their nursery to celebrate National Smile Month, which this year has the theme ‘Feed Your Smile'.

The teddy bears picnic will include exotic fruit to taste along with a range of other healthy food and will allow the children and their teddies to learn about healthy snacks and tooth care.

Bridget Ross, Oral Health Promoter in East Glasgow, said: "Nurseries in East Glasgow work very hard to promote dental health and healthy eating to children and their families.

"Most nurseries have tooth brushing programmes and undertake many other projects and activities to encourage children to develop healthy behaviours from an early age.

"It's great to give them recognition for all their hard work".

The Picnics are taking place throughout national smile month and are facilitated by East Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnership Oral Health Action Team, who support local nurseries to become a ‘Smile Nursery', undertaking a wide range of projects and activities promoting oral health and healthy eating to children attending nursery and their families.

As well as holding a healthy teddy bears picnic, the majority of nurseries taking part are also going on to write their own healthy snack policy to help ensure that they provide healthy food and drink options for snacks throughout the year.

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Notes to Editors

  • National Smile Month runs from May 14 – June 13.

  • East Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnership, a joint Partnership between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Glasgow City Council, is responsible for providing a wide range of local health and social work services across East Glasgow.

  • Oral Health Action Teams – The oral health of Glasgow's children is poor and the worst in Scotland.The Oral Health Action Team (OHAT) in East Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnership has worked for several years to promote the oral health of the pre-five population.Since the introduction of community-based oral health promotion activities (primarily through OHATs) the dental health statistics of five year olds in Glasgow appears to be improving with a significant increase city wide in the proportion of five year olds with no obvious decay (42%).However, the most marked improvement in five year olds' oral health has been in our most deprived communities, which includes much of East Glasgow, where there has been an increase in the proportion of children with no obvious decay from 20% to 32% and a decrease in the average number of decayed, missing or filled teeth from 4.9 to 4.1.

One of the key areas of work for the Oral Action Tea, is facilitating NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's Smile Nursery Programme which supports nurseries to take a whole-day approach to the promotion of health eating and oral health in the nursery and includes projects such as tooth brushing programmes, healthy snack polices, staff training and healthy promoting activities.79 Nurseries in East Glasgow are currently involved in the programme.

  • National Smile Month – For 30 years National Smile Week has been the biggest annual oral health campaign in the UK, taking key oral health information to millions of people every year.This year, to celebrate the 30th anniversary, the British Dental Health Foundation has expanded the week to launch National Smile Month – giving people even more time to get involved in the campaign.

The British Dental Health Foundation is an independent oral health information charity.National Smile Month is a key factor in the organisation's success in taking simple, practical advice to millions of people nationwide.

Further information on National Smile Month is available on the official website: www.nationalsmilemonth.org

For further information please contact: Lyn Stirling, Communications Department, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Tel: 0141 201 4558

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