Get ready for Childsmile 2014!

Great fun was had last year at the Childsmile Weeks
Great fun was had last year at the Childsmile Weeks

Following the incredible success of Childsmile events across the Western Isles last year, dedicated kids’ weeks have again been planned in dental clinics across the Western Isles this summer.

Last year, around 1,500 children in the Western Isles attended a Childsmile appointment at their local dental clinic and feedback was 100 per cent positive, with ‘going to the dentist’ being seen as a fun activity by many of the youngest members of our communities.

Childsmile is held on an annual basis and each child that attends an appointment gets a dental examination and receives diet advice, toothbrush instruction and an application of fluoride varnish where appropriate.

So here are the dates for your diary...

This year, the first Childsmile Week events will take place in Western Isles Dental Clinic in Stornoway (01851 707500) and Lochboisdale Dental Clinic in South Uist (01878 700257) – both for the week starting July 7th.

The following week (the week commencing July 14th), Childsmile appointments will be held in Scalpay Dental Clinic (01859 540275).

For the week beginning July 21st, Childsmile appointments will be held in Lochmaddy Dental Clinic in North Uist (01876 500242) and the following week (beginning July 28th) appointments will be held in Liniclate Dental Clinic in Benbecula (01870 602178).

The final Childsmile Week will be held in Barra Dental Clinic (01871 810400) for the week beginning August 4th.

Don’t forget to phone your local dental clinic to make an appointment for your child!

For each Childsmile Week, the dental clinic becomes a kids’ zone, and children are encouraged to have fun, play with toys and enjoy the activities on offer, so that dental appointments become something to look forward to. Games and competitions promote the key messages of maintaining good oral health and a healthy mouth.

NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson said: “Childsmile 2013 was one of the most widely available, best attended, most positively received events we have held here in the Western Isles.

“We look forward to welcoming children back to our dental clinics this summer, where you can not only learn about how to look after your teeth, but also to have great fun at the dentist!”