Pupils in primary schools throughout north Glasgow will have real reasons to smile following visits from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s oral health teams.
And oral health staff are encouraging parents to give consent for their children to have a special fluoride varnish applied in the ongoing campaign to prevent tooth decay from an early age.
The scheme is part of the National Childsmile School Oral Health Improvement programme, and specially trained Dental Nurses will be applying fluoride varnish in the School setting to pupils in Primary 1 and 2.
Ray McAndrew, NHSGGC’s Clinical Director of Oral Health, said: “This is an exciting development, bringing dental preventative services directly to schools and I would urge all parents to complete consent forms allowing their children to take part.
“The NHS is providing this additional oral health support, together with the existing school toothbrushing programme for children and their families to help to maintain children’s future oral health. It is hoped that this will lead to greater numbers of school children with no obvious tooth decay in the future. “
Dental teams will visit the Schools with specially designed equipment to deliver the programme. Following toothbrushing, the fluoride varnish is applied. The child is encouraged to eat only soft food for the rest of the day and must not brush their teeth that evening so as not to disturb the varnish too soon. Childsmile aftercare information is given to parents and the scheme identifies and encourages children who don’t have a dentist to register with local dental services.
Notes to Editors:
Childsmile is a national programme designed to improve children’s oral health and reduce inequalities both in dental health and access to dental services
It also involves youngsters attending nurseries receiving daily supervised toothbrushing and health visitors giving early advice to young families about looking after teeth and finding a Childsmile dental service.
Over the next few weeks the following primaries will be visited – Saracen, St Teresa’s, St Martha’s, Ruchill, Westercommon, St Monica’s, Rosyton, St Blanes, St Cuthberts, Oakwood, Elmvale, Cranhill, St Stephens, Sunnyside, Balornock, Parkview, Carntyne, Miltonbank, St Charles, St Marys, St Rochs, Chirnsyde, Wallacewell, Dunard, Barmulloch, Cadder, Sandaig and St Catherines.
For more information contact either NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]