Kids learn how to keep the dentist at bay
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