Award-winning dentist in Wales says more needs to be done to promote dental health care for children
An award-winning dentist from Cardiff says that more needs to be done to promote dental health care for children, despite news that 12-year-olds suffering from tooth decay in Wales has fallen over the last decade.
A report by the Welsh Oral Health Unit shows that the proportion of children with no signs of decay has increased from 54.9 per cent in 2004/2005 to 64 per cent in 2013/2014. This represents around 19 decay-free children in a class of 30, compared to 16 in 2004.
Statistics show that decay is still very common in children aged 5 and under in Wales and dentists are hoping that the Designed to Smile programme (an NHS Dental programme funded by the Welsh Government helping children to have healthier teeth) which was launched in 2009 with the view of educating young children about oral health and tackling decay in small children, will encourage parents and children to take better care of the teeth and gums.
Head Dentist, Dan Rogers from Bamboo Dental is currently in the process of organizing an educational dental programme of his own to promote dental health in schools, said: “Despite the fall in numbers, more still needs to be done to educate both parents and children on the importance of taking care of their teeth and gums. Despite the fall in 12-year olds, we are still seeing a number of children under the age of 5, suffering from tooth decay. Promoting dental health care to children and young people is something that I feel very passionate about, which is why I’m putting together a long term educational plan and I’m planning to visit a number of primary schools in Cardiff in the New Year.”
Dan has already received a welcome from his visit to Cardiff’s Riverbank Special School, who he visited back in June as part of Bamboo Dental’s National Smile Month awareness campaign. The schools head teacher, Amanda Gibson Evan said: “The children were taught how to brush their teeth properly and how to keep them clean in a fun and informative way.
“We are really pleased that Dr Dan Rogers and his team took time out of their busy schedules to come to our school and promote dental awareness. It’s important to make the message fun so that the children enjoy it and understand the message which is why I think that students who receive a visit from Bamboo Dental will benefit from this.”