Smiles all round as settings get oral health accreditation

Published: 08 March 2019

Nine early years settings and schools have been awarded Oral Health Accreditation from Slough Healthy Smiles because of the work they have been doing to improve oral health in under fives.

Staff at the nine settings learned how to actively promote tooth brushing and good oral health and have been running themed sessions with parents and children.

They have also been promoting reducing the sugar content of food and drinks at home as well as encouraging parents and carers to take under fives on a visit to the dentist, which is free.

Slough currently has the highest tooth decay rate in the South East and is one of 13 identified nationally under the Starting Well: A Smile4Life Initiative, where tooth decay in under fives is at a particularly high level.

The nine newly accredited settings in Slough are Homestart Burnham, Colnbrook Nursery, Toad Hall Nursery, Jack in Box Nursery, Cippenham Nursery, Cippenham Baptist Preschool, Little Diamonds Pre-School, Claycots Nursery and Claycots primary school, both on the Britwell campus.

Slough Borough Council has been working with Healthy Smiles and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Starting Well (a Smile4life initiative) and Active Movement in Slough to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health and to reduce the number of children with tooth decay as well as those needing tooth extractions. If children can establish good oral health habits at an early age, they will have a better chance of keeping their teeth healthy all their lives.

Cllr Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for health and social care, said: “Congratulations to our early years settings for being awarded with their oral health accreditation, and spreading the message about how important good oral health is at an early age.

“Through the healthy smiles campaign, we have been working with parents, schools and early years settings to raise awareness of the impact high levels of sugar has on teeth and health, as well as the importance of brushing teeth twice a day, and registering with an NHS dentist, which is free for children.”