Wakefield Council supports National Smile Month

​Date: 13/5/2016
Ref: PR 8227

Wakefield Council is backing a campaign to help children brush up on their tooth care to tackle high levels of tooth decay in the district.

Oral health experts are visiting Council libraries next week to deliver fun and interactive sessions for pre-school children on how to look after their teeth. The sessions mark the start of National Smile Month, 16 May to 16 June.

The sessions will include story time with books to borrow, a singalong and crafts focusing on tooth care and healthy drinks.

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: "Taking care of your teeth from a young age is vitally important. By the age of three children in our district have, on average, two to three decayed, missing or filled teeth. By the age of five, one in five children are above a healthy weight.

"With children eating three times as much sugar as they should, this is causing worrying levels of tooth decay and excess weight gain. We need to educate young children and their parents at an early stage on the importance of good oral health care and the affect that sugar has on our health.

"The sessions are fun and interactive and happening in libraries across the district. Come along to keep the little ones entertained whilst learning important skills for life."

The sessions are taking place on:

• Tuesday 17 May, Wakefield One library, 1.30 - 2.15pm
• Wednesday 18 May, Pontefract Library, 9.30 - 10.30am and 10.45 - 11.45am
• Monday 23 May, Airedale library, 10 - 11am
• Tuesday 24 May, South Elmsall library, 9.30 - 11am
• Thursday 26 May, Featherstone library, 9.30 - 10.30am
• Friday 27 May, Hemsworth library, 10 - 10.30am

The Council is arranging the sessions as part of its commitment to National Smile Month. The national campaign encourages healthy eating and drinking, regular tooth brushing and visiting the dentist regularly.

The sessions will also have displays with information to take away and experts on hand for families to speak with for help and advice.

For more information about visit www.nationalsmilemonth.org