Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Description

A third of children start school with tooth decay, this is due to various reasons such as parents are not educated themselves in oral health techniques so can't educate their children, they are not registered at a dentist, in Liverpool a lot of families struggle to buy the essential oral health aids like toothpaste and a toothbrush. The Liverpool university dental hospital support National smile month campaign which runs during May and June each year. Dental nurses and undergraduates volunteer to visit local schools to promote oral health. We educate nursery to secondary school in the main messages of oral health which are, brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, visit your dentist twice a year and diet advice regarding sugar. We do this with interactive lessons using stories, models, crafts and experiments to make it as fun as possible to get the messages across. Our aim is to provide every child with toothpaste and a toothbrush so they can put into practice what we have taught them. All feedback from teachers and children is very positive and many schools invite us back again. We also do oral health stands in different hospitals in Liverpool to get these messages to the public and to target the adults also. This campaign has grown from being one stand to now being several stands and schools asking us to visit them to educate their children and parents as tooth decay is contributing to a large portion of drop in attendances . This campaign is not funded and relies on contributions from company's to meet our aims. Companies are not able to donate as much these days so if we were successful in receiving some funding we could buy more resources for our lessons and maintain our aim of providing all children with toothcare products. The impact it will have on the community will be better attendance figures in school, more families registering with a dentist, and also by educating about the effects of sugar on teeth will also help with obesity issues as hopefully children's diets will change. Hopefully less children will have dental decay. We have won a National award for our work please vote for us so we can continue working in our schools.

R Charity

I am so proud of this project as it started with a stand and 1 nurse, now we have several stands and visit many schools each year Dental undergraduates are now involved which enhances their training. The children respond well to our lessons and pass the information to parents so changes can be made.

Location: Liverpool