Tooth decay is rapidly declining from efforts by the CNWL ’s Oral Health Team, with 21.5% of 5 year olds today affected by decay compared to 25% in 2012.
In 2015 – 2016 the MK Oral Health Improvement team has helped families with young children learn how to look after milk teeth as their child grows up.
The “CNWL”, “Central and North West London”, team has given 148 education sessions to 1,959 caregivers with children under five years old to teach positive health patterns. These sessions provide teeth friendly food, drinks and the resources to ween children off dummies and plastic capped bottles.
This platform also includes a fluoride varnish program, with added child friendly fruit scented gel, to prevent tooth decay when the child occasionally leads a less than desirable life style.
Oral Health Improvement Manager, Lucie Daleki, said: "It's true what people say about eating an apple a day keeping the dentist away! We've seen families drinking more water, eating more fruits and vegetables, providing ‘me sized' food portions and making healthier lunch boxes, while children are learning to love their teeth
"The Oral Health Team has been a large part of this effort as we've worked really hard to engage with and support families with our programmes.
"This latest data showing a reduction in decay rates for our five year olds is fantastic and the Milton Keynes Oral Health Team is pleased to have been part of this achievement in health improvement for this age group."