Westminster Children’s Oral Health Campaign
The tooth fairy comes to Westminster to teach children, and their parents and carers, how to look after the teeth.
The Tale of Triumph Over Bad Teeth is part of Westminster’s new oral health campaign, which also includes information on how to register with an NHS dentist, a teethbrushing app, and resources for teachers to encourage good oral health at school.
Rates of tooth decay, and missing or filled teeth in Westminster’s children, are higher than the London and national average. Not taking care of teeth and gums can have a significant impact on a child’s health and wellbeing, but it is hoped that with these new tools, poor oral health can be prevented.
Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Local Dental Committee has been working closely with Westminster City Council on this project, and has welcomed the initiative. On their website, Dr Suresh Chande said:
“Poor oral health habits can lead to pain and avoidable tooth decay, and even to hospital admissions. Dental professionals know that good oral health habits are key to ensuring good oral health and this is why we are pleased to see Westminster City Council addressing avoidable tooth decay in an innovative and engaging manner.”
The resources for parents, carers and teachers can be found on the Westminster City Council website.