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To help make Cranbrook a healthy town, Cranbrook Education Campus has launched brushing clubs with the help of Devon and Cornwall Housing Association (DCH) and East Devon District Council in order to encourage children to maintain good oral hygiene.
These brushing clubs are being encouraged by local schools to help reduce tooth decay and raise awareness of dental hygiene among children. These classes are taking place daily in reception classes in the school for around five minutes, they focus on teaching the children how to brush their teeth properly in order to reduce the chance of tooth decay and to increase oral hygiene.
The brushing club allows children to brush their teeth under adult supervision and to get feedback on how they could better improve their brushing technique. The club aims to ensure that young children create good brushing habits now that they will carry on for the rest of their lives. The club works alongside everyday brushing at home, as it is hoped that the skills that the children learn will be applied at home, where the most important time to brush your teeth is before bed.
The brushing clubs are led by eight members of the school staff who have been trained by Dental Care Professional Karen Burn from Well Connected, a local charity that supports healthier communities. Karen Burn has explained to the school staff exactly what decay is, how it starts, how it can be prevented and why fluoride is so important in order for them to educate the children.
Cranbrook Education Campus Early Years Leader, Julie Chivers, said: “The children are bursting with enthusiasm for our new brushing clubs! At the end of the five-minute session, they are delighted to share their lovely, bright smiles with each other, plus they take home a goody bag to practice their teeth cleaning skills with their parents at home. All of the children in my class have joined the brushing club, which has the support of parents. Thanks to Karen and Well Connected, we have trained staff who follow a set process which is checked and ensures that hygiene and health standards are met, providing reassurance to parents.”
Councillor Andrew Moulding, East Devon District Council’s Deputy Leader and executive spokesman for strategic partnerships, said: “It’s exciting to see the Cranbrook Healthy Town programme in action, with some really innovative ideas being implemented. This one, in particular, is taking active steps to help improve oral hygiene in young people. Even one child suffering from dental decay is one too many. Not only will these fun brushing clubs improve the children’s oral health for years to come, they will also help us to see lots of healthy smiles in Cranbrook!”
The school has now been given supplies of brush buses, toothbrushes, toothpaste and cleaning boxes in order to continue with the programme and the positive work that it is doing. The training that has been given and the kits that have been provided are through Cranbrook’s Healthy Town programme, a programme that is funded by NHS England’s Healthy New Town programme.
The brushing scheme is a welcome service for many of the Cranbrook residents as Cranbrook does not currently have its own dental surgery. It is hoped that this scheme will support the children and their families living in Cranbrook to maintain good oral hygiene.
Paul Marshall, Director of Community Engagement at DCH said: “We want to be an active partner in what’s trying to be achieved in Cranbrook around its Healthy New Town status. Whilst we’re building homes, part of what we know makes a great community is residents growing up healthy and happy if we can bring services and partners to help make this happen then that’s fantastic.”
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