FGDP(UK) is encouraging NHS dental practices in England to claim a free toolkit which helps them give dietary and oral health advice to parents.
The ‘Change4Life’-branded Top Tips for Teeth packs include posters, leaflets, badges and credit-card sized tips cards, all designed for use in a dental practice setting, and focussed on the need to brush with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day, visit the dentist regularly and cut down on sugar.
Public Health England (PHE) has made 3,000 of the kits available as part of its latest campaign - “100 calorie snacks, 2 a day max” - to encourage parents to reduce their children’s snacking.
Change4Life is now including oral health messages in its resources for schools, and this is the first time it has produced resources specifically aimed at preventing poor oral health. However the toolkits will only be available for a limited time, so interested practices are encouraged to apply as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The campaign follows the findings of the National Diet and Nutrition Survey of 10 and 11 year olds, which suggests that children are typically consuming three times the recommended maximum amount of sugar for their age, with half of it coming from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks. On average, children are consuming at least 3 unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks a day, with around a third consuming 4 or more.