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Carleton Primary School children brush up on dental hygiene
10:00am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
Pupils at Carleton Endowed Primary School are developing good dental hygiene by brushing their teeth after lunch.
Students in the reception and year one class, along with their teacher Amanda McGuiness, have started to brush their teeth after every lunchtime.
Head teacher Duggie Speight said Miss McGuiness, who is the school’s leading teacher on the Healthy Schools Award, had been doing a lot of work with the children on healthy eating and how to keep their bodies healthy.
He said the children had enjoyed brushing their teeth, so much so that he believed they would continue doing it even after they finished their topic on health at the end of the term.
Mr Speight added: “I think all the classes could be joining them soon.”
The school’s toothbrushing initiative comes at a time when an oral health survey of five-year-old children in 2012 showed a five per cent reduction in tooth decay among children living in Yorkshire and the Humber.
The study, the National Dental Epidemiology Programme for England, shows that 38.7 per cent of five-year-olds had tooth decay in 2008, compared to 33.6 per cent in the latest survey.
Dr Jenny Godson, Public Health England’s regional consultant in dental public health for the north of England, said: “This latest survey shows the numbers of five-year-olds free from tooth decay have increased but there is still much to do. Dental decay is preventable.
“Across the north there has been a reduction in the proportion of children affected by dental decay and the severity of the disease.
“This is very encouraging but we need to continue to monitor trends and support this welcome progress.”
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