Children are being encouraged to brush their pearly whites at school in a battle against tooth decay.
Pupils will take a break from lessons each day so they can clean their teeth with fluoride toothpaste, under the supervision of teachers.
The pilot scheme, ‘Smile Time,’ is taking place in schools in Greater Manchester after statistics revealed half of British children under the age of 12 have tooth decay.
Rochdale, one of the areas conducting the scheme, was chosen because it has one of the worst rates in the UK.
Sugary foods and lack of brushing at home are being blamed for this troublesome tooth bother, but Andrew Forrest, oral health manager at Pennine Care, is convinced the scheme can create great change.
“With support and supplies from our oral health specialists, school teachers will supervise children aged 5 to 7 brushing their own teeth once during the school day,” said Andrew, reports The Telegraph.
The project is believed to be the first of its kind and will be run by NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.
“Children in the Rochdale borough have some of the highest rates of tooth decay in the country,” said Rochdale’s MP Simon Danczuk.
“We want to reverse this trend and ensure our children have happy, healthy smiles,” Simon continues.
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