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

We welcome dental nurse Grace to the team.

Published on 15th May 2018

We are delighted to welcome dental nurse Giles to our expanding clinical team. A very bubbly individual, Grace qualified as a dental nurse in 2015…

after-photograph-enlighten-teeth-whitening
Another delighted Enlighten teeth whitening client!

Published on 14th May 2018

Here we have before and after photographs of another Enlighten teeth whitening treatment. This time is was delivered by Becky our dental therapist. What is…

change-your-toothbrush-for-clean-white-teeth
Top Tips for Whiter Teeth

Published on 11th May 2018

FHDC is one of the leading providers of Teeth Whitening in the Leeds area. Here are a few simple tips that can help you keep…

instagram-logo-fhdc-Leeds
FHDC on Instagram

Published on 3rd May 2018

“Can I get a pic for the gram?”…Sorry it’s taken a while but FHDC is now on Instagram We’ve had a few people ask us…

virtual-tour-of-leeds-dental-school
Leeds Dental School Virtual Tour

Published on 1st May 2018

Three of the dentists, Mrs Precious, Miss Russell & Miss Beardsmore at FHDC qualified from Leeds Dental School. If you are interested in becoming a…

invisalign-clear-braces-in-leeds
Focus on Invisalign

Published on 25th April 2018

Invisalign Clear Braces for Teeth Straightening Invisalign has become one of the most popular teeth straightening services at FHDC. Our practice owner and principal dentist…

Subscribe for news and offers...