Children at nurseries and primary schools across Greater Glasgow and Clyde have more reasons to smile then ever before as they will now be visited by a new Childsmile Van.
Four new Childsmile vans will drive to nurseries and primary schools across the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area by specially trained Dental Nurses who will then apply a special fluoride varnish to childrens teeth as part of the ongoing national campaign to prevent tooth decay from an early age.
The vans are part of the National Childsmile Nursery and Schools Oral Health Improvement Programme and are an exciting development to bring dental preventative services directly to nurseries and schools.
Equipped with a specially designed chair which is transported into the school or nursery, the children will have fluoride varnish applied directly onto their teeth by Dental Nurses in twice yearly visits for priority nurseries and schools across Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Parents will be asked to complete consent forms allowing their children to take part in the programme and it is hoped that this, along with all the other Childsmile programmes available, will help reduce the number of children showing signs of early tooth decay.
Ray McAndrew, Associate Medical Director (Dental), said: “Tooth decay is a widespread condition in the West of Scotland and a particular problem in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.
“The Childsmile programme uses fluoride varnish to help reduce tooth decay in children. Fluoride varnish is a golden gel which is applied to children’s teeth using a soft brush. The varnish sets quickly and has a pleasant taste and a fruity smell.’
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 Health Visitors and Dental Health Support Workers giving early advice to young families about looking after their teeth and registering with a local dental service, where they will then receive further oral health promotion advice and preventative treatment via their dentist or specially trained Childsmile Dental Nurse in practice.
Children up to six years old attending nursery and schools currently participating in the Childsmile Core Programme can also receive daily supervised toothbrushing within the school setting, along with a free toothbrush and toothpaste twice yearly.
For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected] .
Pic: Specially Trained Dental Nurses Jane Hamilton and Evonne Tapley with one of the new Childsmile Vans