Drive to improve Sunderland children’s teeth-cleaning skills

Dentist Richard Coates and members of his staff from Wessington Way Dental Practice visit pupils at Southwick Community school, Harrison Wood and Martin Simms are two of the children at the school to recieve a free toothbrush courtesy of Sainsbury's.
Dentist Richard Coates and members of his staff from Wessington Way Dental Practice visit pupils at Southwick Community school, Harrison Wood and Martin Simms are two of the children at the school to recieve a free toothbrush courtesy of Sainsbury's.
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SCHOOLCHILDREN brushed up on their teeth-cleaning skills as part of National Smile Month.

Pupils from Southwick Community Primary School were given advice on how to care for their gnashers during a special assembly featuring dentist Richard Coates, and 380 free toothbrushes from Sainsbury’s were handed out to help them care for their pearly whites.

Pauline Walmsley, community manager at the school, said the advice children received will stop them from worrying when it comes to the time for their regular check-up.

“Many parents have bad memories of dental experiences and they can sometimes give off negative messages, which prevent them taking their children to the dentist,” she said.

“Richard owns a dental surgery in Wessington Way, and talked to the children about preventative dentistry to ensure that they should have no reason to worry when it’s time for those twice-a-year visits.

“He also taught them how to look after their teeth correctly to create a good oral hygiene routine, and how their diets can impact on fillings.”

Jayne Smith, practice manager at Wessington Way, said that the lessons the campaign teaches the pupils are very important.

“We wanted to teach children how important diet is to dental health, such as the damage drinking pop, and even diet pop, which people think is okay, can do, and what foods are good for your teeth.

“The rule we go by is the two and five rule.

“We encourage children to brush twice a day, and not eat more than five times-a-day.”

For more visit www.nationalsmilemonth.org.