A summer of smiles as kids invited to get their teeth checked!

Learning about oral health the fun way!
Learning about oral health the fun way!

With appointments specifically for kids being made available in Dental Clinics across the length of the Western Isles this summer, there will be opportunities for all youngsters to get their teeth checked and enjoy the annual fun of Childsmile.

A specific week of ‘Childsmile’ is being held in each of the Dental Clinics in the Western Isles during July and August this year, with the first Childsmile Week launching in Western Isles Dental Centre in Stornoway on July 1.

It is never too early for a child to visit the dental practice, and it’s essential that they attend on a regular basis. This important message was promoted during ChildsmileWeek in last year, when hundreds of children attended an appointment; many for the first time.

NHS Western Isles Oral Health Improvement Coordinator, Morag MacKinnon, said: “We had such a successful Childsmile Week last year, with around 500 children attending an appointment, and around 250 attending their first ever dental appointment during the week.

“Registering your baby with a dentist soon after birth, or at least as soon as their first tooth appears, will provide the best possible start for your child in terms of oral health, as well as helping your child get used to the sights, sounds and smells of a dental practice.”

She added: “Good oral health in childhood means healthy gums and teeth in later life, so don’t delay, make your appointment as soon as possible.”

Appointments this year’s ‘Childsmile’ weeks will be made available as follows:

Lewis – week beginning 1st July 2013, Western Isles Dental Centre – call 01851 707500 for an appointment.

Harris – week beginning 8th July 2013, Scalpay Dental Clinic – call 01859 540275 for an appointment.

North Uist – week beginning 15th July 2013, Lochmaddy Dental Clinic – call 01876 500242.

Benbecula – week beginning 22nd July 2013, Liniclate Dental Clinic – call 01870 602178.

Barra – week beginning 29th July 2013, Barra Dental Clinic – call 01871 810400.

South Uist – week beginning 5th August 2013, Lochboisdale Dental Clinic – 01878 700257.

All of the children who attend a Childsmile appointment will get a dental examination and receive diet advice, toothbrush instruction and an application of fluoride varnish where appropriate.

Children will also get the opportunity to participate in games and competitions that promote the key messages of maintaining good oral health and a healthy mouth.