National Smile Month – new oral health leaflet launched

Healthy smileA new Oral Health leaflet specifically for parent carers of children and young people with a disability or additional need.

‘Healthy Teeth, Healthy Smile’ has been developed by Locala PHEYs Calderdale, Oral Health Team in partnership with Locala Dental Care.

The first oral health survey of children attending special support schools (2014) showed 5-year-olds had similar levels of tooth decay as their mainstream-educated peers but were twice as likely to have had one or more teeth extracted. For 12-year-old children, those who had decay had it more severely with more teeth being affected.
The leaflet is being launched during National Smile Month (May-June 2019) www.nationalsmilemonth.org.

During the campaign the Team is working with specialist schools to distribute the leaflet and it will also be promoted through the Local Offer and Unique Ways as well as other appropriate services.

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