Telling the tooth about oral health!

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Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, affecting more than one in four five year olds and is the number one reason why children are admitted to hospital for a general anaesthetic.The UK’s biggest oral health campaign, National Smile Month, begins on Monday 13 May to help raise awareness of the importance of looking after children’s oral health and teeth.

The Dental Team from Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust will be out and about across the city promoting the campaign, giving advice and handing out free dental hygiene products:

The team will also be providing toothbrushes, toothpaste and baby cups to the Leeds baby bank to be shared across the city.

Kathy Fox, Oral Health Practitioner said: “The oral health team will be aiming to persuade parents and carers that they need to take care of children’s teeth and mouth from birth onwards. We want to increase awareness of the importance of brushing as soon as baby’s first tooth appears and how diet plays a part in oral health and wellbeing. Getting into good habits early will help to protect children’s teeth.”

National Smile Month promotes four key messages for good oral health:

Find out more about the campaign, which runs until Thursday 13 June, at

If you can’t make it to any of the events, you can find more information tips around children’s oral health in the videos, games and downloadable content on Leeds Smiles website here: