NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Oral Health Action Teams are joining forces with Radio Clyde to promote National Smile Month.
The radio station’s social broadcasting team at Clyde Action and NHS GGC are working together to promote a number of community events in the Board area around the theme of “Brush for Health.”
Kevin Hill, NHSGGC’s Director of Oral Health, said: “The next four weeks are an opportunity for everyone, especially children, to consider how to improve their oral health. Gum disease is caused by poor oral healthcare and is totally preventable”.
To encourage parents to give their children the best start for oral health the Health Board and Clyde Action are offering free toothpaste and toothbrush packs for youngsters aged between 0-6 years of age.
The packs are available by calling the Clyde Action team on 0141 204 1025 between 8.30 am and 5 pm from Monday to Friday. They can also be ordered by clicking on to Clyde1.com.
Around 19 out of 20 people suffer with gum disease at some point in their lives, but a good oral healthcare routine can easily prevent conditions from developing into something more serious. Evidence suggests that people with gum disease are more at risk of heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and in the case of pregnant women, giving birth to underweight babies.
Evidence suggests that most people actually brush for less than 45 seconds, while research has found that one in five only brush once a day, and around a third are unaware of the benefit of fluoride.
Children are already being targeted about the benefits of toothbrushing through the Gladigator Oral Health Programme, which is a joint initiative involving NHSGGC and the Gladiator Programme, an East End Queen’s Award winning charity. This initiative was introduced in schools and nurseries across Greater Glasgow and Clyde during 2007.
The programme is designed to make oral health and physical activity exciting for children using fun interactive methods. It complements the tooth-brushing programmes already up and running in close to 250 local primary schools and over 300 nurseries.
Notes to Editors:
Tips for good oral health:
Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste;
cut down how often you have sugary food
and drinks; and visit the dentist regularly, as
often as recommend .
You should also clean between the teeth once a day using floss or interdental brushes, change your toothbrush every three months and check your mouth regularly for any lumps, non healing ulcers or red/white patches in the mouth - as these can all be early signs of mouth cancer.
Local Oral Health Action Teams have organised events in the following areas – West Dunbartonshire staff will be in Clyde Shopping Centre on Wednesday 28th May, from 10am – 2pm, with information about keeping a healthy smile; local nurseries who have completed the training and information Smile Too programme are receiving their accreditation certificates in Pollokshields Burgh Hall on Wednesday, May 29; on May 30, youngsters from the Dove Street Nursery will visit the Community Dental Service in Pollok Health Centre; and around 1200 pre-school age children in East Renfrewshire are taking part in sponsored toothbrushing sessions during the month.
For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429.