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A local school is all smiles, when presented with award for brushing their teeth!

10 May, 2010

The Dental Health Promotion Team at City Health Care Partnership (NHS Hull Provider Services) and NHS Hull are due to present an award to Greenway Primary School to celebrate their achievement in supporting children at the school to brush and care for their teeth every day.

Greenway Primary School, who will have the Pride and Excellence award presented at a school assembly on the 12 February, first started the Brush Bus programme two years ago and has since supported an average of 470 school children to take part each year.  Everyday, pupils sit down at their desks ready for the Brush Bus and as well as brushing their teeth, children learn how to keep their teeth clean and healthy and the importance of dental hygiene. This award was originally presented to the Dental Health Promotion Team, as part of the Pride in Excellence from the NHS Service Improvement Programme.  This programme achieved First Runner Up in the Improving Health and Reducing Inequalities to the Brush Bus programme in 2008.

Josephine Ettridge, Dental Health Educator for City Health Care Partnership talks about the programme:

“The Brush Bus is now part of the daily routine for a third of the primary schools in Hull, which means over a thousand children are already taking part! As well as educating the children on a healthy diet, the increased intake of fluoride and removal of plaque in the middle of the day is playing a vital role in reducing the decay rate in children in this area.  Doing this in a large group and for a set time of two minutes to music is a motivating and fun way to achieve this with the support of the school.

The water in Hull is low with Fluoride so it is even more vital that we Brush our teeth twice a day to combat this having an effect in the long term. It’s one of our more unusual lessons, but also very important and one that we hope will last throughout their lives.”

Mrs Wilson, Head Teacher at Greenway Primary School is thrilled with the schools involvement:

 “Since the school became involved in the Brush Bus programme I’ve been so pleased with the enthusiasm both staff and children have shown. Two years down the line they continue to brush their teeth and have learnt how important it is to look after your teeth, I’m sure they will take this knowledge into adulthood too. The children are really pleased to be presented with the award and they feel proud that our school has been chosen to share this. “

If you are a parent or a teacher who would like to learn more about the Brush Bus programme please contactEmma Raper on  01482 303 624 or email emma.raper@chcphull.nhs.uk.