Published on

A scheme to encourage nursery children to brush their teeth has saved more than £6m in dental costs, according to a new study.

Childsmile involves staff at all Scottish nurseries offering free supervised toothbrushing every day.

Glasgow researchers found that the scheme had reduced the cost of treating dental disease in five-year-olds by more than half between 2001 and 2010.

The programme was launched in 2001 and costs about £1.8m a year.

It emphasises the importance of toothbrushing and helps parents establish a healthy diet from the earliest stage.

A number of nurseries and schools in targeted areas also provide fluoride varnish and toothbrushing in primary one and two.

An evaluation, funded by the Scottish government and carried out by Glasgow University, found that fewer children needed dental extractions, fillings or general anaesthetics as a result of the programme.

‘Less toothache’

There was also said to be a drop in the number of children needing hospital treatment for dental problems, freeing up operating theatres.

Public Health Minister Michael Matheson said: “This is an amazing achievement and shows just how much can be saved from a very simple health intervention.

“This has seen less tooth decay in children which means less toothache, fewer sleepless nights and less time off school.

“By this simple measure, NHS costs associated with the dental disease of five-year-old children have decreased dramatically.

“More children can just be treated routinely in the dental chair because they need less invasive treatments, so fewer fillings and fewer extractions, and many more children with much better oral health than we have seen in many years.”

Source: bbc.co.uk.

Tags: , ,

Recent news articles

Adrian visits dental hygienist Becky
Adrian’s dental hygiene visit with Becky

Published on 6th December 2017

“I’ve just had my routine dental hygienist visit with Becky. If I’m honest, I’ve left it longer than I would have liked (which is silly…

Last chance to book your Teeth Whitening and save up to £85 before Christmas
Last availability for teeth whitening offers before Christmas!

Published on 5th December 2017

If you are wanting to save up to £85 on teeth whitening before Christmas, we are now booking the last appointments before Christmas. Visit our…

Before and after cosmetic dentistry photos give examples of before and after treatment from our dental practice.
Before & After Treatment Photographs

Published on 29th November 2017

If you are unhappy with your teeth and smile but are unsure where to start, please have a look at our Smiles page as this…

Get white teeth this Thanksgiving day
Happy Thanksgiving Day??!! Save up to £85 on Teeth Whitening

Published on 23rd November 2017

We don’t do ‘BLACK FRIDAY’ special offers. After all most of our clients live in Yorkshire and simply won’t be celebrating Thanksgiving Day today! However,…

Save up to £85 on Teeth Whitening

Published on 9th November 2017

Save up to £85 on Teeth Whitening before December 31st. Our ‘Winter White‘ teeth whitening and cleaning promotions are now live on our special offers…

Quick Straight Teeth clinical Day

Published on 6th November 2017

In September I attended a Quick Straight Teeth clinical day in Salford, Greater Manchester. I have been providing cosmetically-focussed tooth alignment and whitening at FHDC…

Subscribe for news and offers...