All smiles for clean teeth

PUPILS were all smiles when they picked up an award for having healthy teeth for the fourth year running.

Wingate Nursery, in Partridge Terrace, was given a healthy teeth award by County Durham and Darlington Community Health Services' oral health promotion team.

The prize is aimed at under-fives and helps to promote the importance of them looking after their teeth by building awareness of the strong link between healthy eating and good dental health, with the aim of reducing tooth decay. It also reinforces the importance of regular, thorough tooth brushing for young children with the support of an adult.

Statistics show that 53 per cent of young children have tooth decay in the Easington locality.

Sandra Laws, the oral health team's project leader, said: "Wingate Nursery is a great example of what the healthy teeth awards are all about, showing sustained good practice where healthy eating and healthy teeth are concerned.

"They have continued to demonstrate a very healthy eating regime regarding snacks and discouraging regular birthday cakes coming into school.

"The children also have stories and activities that support the importance of looking after their teeth.

"I've also noticed that the children seem very well informed as a result of staff continually teaching the children the importance of healthy eating, not just for their teeth but for general health as well."