Thursday, 10 September 2009

Dental Disgrace In Croydon | News | Empty dentists' chairs in Croydon

Almost half the population in Croydon have not visited the dentist in at least two years reaveals a recent report.

An estimated 125,000 adults and 25,000 children in the borough have not even had a check up in that time, despite the fact that many dental practices in the area have the capacity to take on more NHS patients.

London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston says "There is a lot of evidence to link good dental care with general overal health. Croydon health managers have had some great ideas but the tools are not getting into the hands of the people that matter, children's parents. A fantastic DVD has been produced about looking after your teeth but few people seem to know about it"

NHS Croydon sends a birthday card to toddlers in the borough when they turn three. As well as birthday wishes, it contains useful information for parents such as how much sugar is in chocolate bars and a voucher which can be exchanged for a Brushing For Life pack. This contains a kids' toothbrush, toothpaste and oral hygiene information to encourage parents to take their children to the dentist and take dental care seriously.

A DVD was created by the Trust’s Oral Health Promoter/Adviser from the salaried dental services with help from local children. The messages were evidence based, clear andpowerful: be aware of a sugary diet and brush your teeth twice daily! The DVD was enclosed with each birthday card and voucher.

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