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Glasgow pupils ready to brush up

Pupils across 47 primary schools in the east end of Glasgow are to have daily tooth brushing sessions in school.
Glasgow’s oral health is amongst the worst in Europe and it is hoped that this initiative will improve that record.

Trained parents who have volunteered to take part will supervise 2,000 children who attend school breakfast clubs. The East Glasgow Community Health Project aims to build on the success of tooth brushing schemes among nursery children in such deprived areas of Glasgow. These schemes have led to a three-fold increase in the number of children under five who have no cavities. It is now hoped children under 12 will participate.

It is also intended that the daily tooth brushing service will be expanded to include 3,500 children in primaries 1 and 2 by December this year.

Councillor James Coleman, chair of the East Glasgow Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP), said the programme could create a massive turnaround in health.

‘This could easily bring about the biggest single health improvement that the east end of Glasgow has seen in years,’ he said. ‘Parents have clearly indicated we should be doing more to prevent tooth decay and the new CHCP structure is allowing us to deliver exactly what they want.’

The East Glasgow CHCP aims to meet the Scottish Executive target for the whole of Scotland, that by 2010 at least 60% of primary seven children will have no dental decay.


 Posted on : Thu 20th - Jul - 2006

 

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