Starting Well dentist practices in Slough will be holding an open day on October 24 in half term to encourage parents with young children to come along and introduce them to the dentist.
Slough currently has the highest tooth decay rate in the South East and is one of 13 towns that has been identified nationally under the Starting Well:A Smile4Life Initative, where tooth decay in under fives is at a particularly high level.
As well as the open days, professionals from the healthy smiles team have been visiting children’s centres across the borough to raise awareness about tooth decay and sugar.
The council’s public health team and dentists have also been working very closely with local schools, to help with oral health education and facilitate supervised brushing.
Come along to one of the following dentist surgeries on October 24 and join in the fun, or call ahead to book your child’s first dentist appointment – it’s free!
• Farnham Road Dental Practice – call 01753 537634 to book
• Abbey Dental Surgery - call 01753 536601 to book
• Smile High Street – call 01753 523410 to book
• Smile Cippenham Dental Practice – call 01753 577017 to book
Cllr Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for health and social care, said: “It is so important that children understand the importance of teeth brushing and good oral hygiene from an early age, and that parents understand how much sugar is in the food their children are eating.
“We want to drastically reduce the amount of children with tooth decay, and those who have to have their teeth out because of poor diet choices and little or no brushing, which is why we are working so closely with local dentists and the Healthy Smiles team to spread the word.”