Kids learn how to keep the den­tist at bay

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

CHIL­DREN have been learn­ing about keep­ing their teeth healthy as part of a new project.

The young­sters at Bro­ken Cross Pri­mary Academy were vis­ited by the Den­tal Play­box Project which aims to teach chil­dren aged two to six about the im­por­tance of healthy eat­ing and den­tal hy­giene.

Us­ing a spe­cially de­signed box of re­sources in­clud­ing role play uni­forms, hand pup­pets, games, sto­ries and tooth­brushes, teach­ers use play to pre­pare them from an early age for a trip to the den­tist.

Head­teacher Brian Wilkin­son said: “Den­tal health is an im­por­tant is­sue across the coun­try, but can be tack­led re­ally ef­fec­tively through bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion, es­pe­cially at an early age.

“That is why projects like Den­tal Tool­box are so im­por­tant, since they suc­cess­fully make a se­ri­ous per­sonal health is­sue into some­thing that is fun, safe and ac­ces­si­ble.”

The ses­sion was vis­ited by Mac­cles­field MP David Rutley who gave his support to the Den­tal Play­box Project.

He said: “Re­search sug­gests that 46 per cent of chil­dren have been ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal for a tooth ex­trac­tion, which is an alarm­ing statis­tic.

“I would urge more schools to support projects like this one, and hope that peo­ple of all ages are aware of the im­por­tance of their den­tal health.

“I would like to thank Den­tal Play­box and Bro­ken Cross Pri­mary Academy for tak­ing for­ward this ini­tia­tive.”

Den­tal Play­box dis­trib­ute ses­sions around the North West re­gion.

They visit nurs­ery chil­dren from the age of two years, and go into schools to talk to pupils up to the age of six years old.

Since the start of 2012, the project has en­gaged with more than 19,000 chil­dren.

●● CHIL­DREN at Bro­ken Cross Pri­mary Academy were vis­ited by the Den­tal Play­box Project and MP David Rutley

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