Kids get their teeth checked during Childsmile Week

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Approximately 450 kids had their teeth checked last week in Stornoway as part of the annual NHS Western Isles Childsmile event, and a number of children are now also booked in for appointments during the summer holidays.

Appointments specifically for kids are being made available in Dental Clinics across the length of the Western Isles throughout the summer, and there are opportunities for all youngsters to get their teeth checked and to 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. The first week (from July 1st) took place in Western Isles Dental Clinic in Stornoway, and the event was incredibly successful, with kids enjoying the fun of the event, whilst also learning important messages. From July 8th, appointments were available in Scalpay Dental Clinic.

Appointments in the Uists and Barra will take place as follows:

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.

It is never too early for a child to visit the dental practice, and it’s essential that they attend on a regular basis.

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

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

NHS Western Isles Oral Health Improvement Coordinator, Morag MacKinnon, said: “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.

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