CDS Healthy Smiles Award
Community Dental Services (CDS) CIC held the first Healthy Smiles Award on Wednesday 25 November at their Dental Care Centre.
Local special schools and children's centres were the first to receive the new oral health accreditation - the Healthy Smiles Award and the ceremony celebrated the commitment and achievements of participants.
In total, over 4,500 young children and their families received advice from the Healthy Smiles programme which actively promotes positive oral health and adopting 'tooth friendly' practices.
The award programme is run by the Oral Health Promotion team within Community Dental Services. Sue Jordan, Assistant Director - Public Health, said:
"We are thrilled with the very successful first year of the Healthy Smiles Award and are already working with many more schools, centres and pre-schools for 2016.
Tooth decay is a lifestyle disease which can be prevented by not giving children sugary foods and drinks between meals, by using fluoride toothpaste and by visiting a dentist regularly."
A Public Health England report in Sept 2015 indicated that 22% of five year olds attending special schools have already experienced tooth decay. Nearly 28% of five year olds from mainstream schools have also experienced this preventable disease.