YOUNGSTERS were all smiles after being rewarded for their school’s excellent oral hygiene standards for the fourth year in a row.
Children at Acre Rigg Infant School’s nursery department have been given a Healthy Teeth Award after brushing up on what it takes to maintain a glowing smile.
Statistics show that just over half of young children in east Durham have tooth decay.
But the youngsters at the Acre Rigg Road-based school, in Peterlee, aren’t among them after impressing health chiefs with their toothbrushing talents.
But County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust’s oral health promotion team launched the award to help reduce tooth decay and raise awareness of the strong link between healthy eating and good dental health, as well as the importance of thorough tooth-brushing with the support of an adult.
The team’s project lead, Sandra Laws, said: “The Healthy Teeth Award is aiming to educate everyone who is involved with the care and welfare of young children as well as the children themselves.
“Early intervention of healthy eating habits as well as regular tooth brushing with the help and support of parents in particular and visits to the dentist will help children to have healthy teeth and with continued good practice healthy teeth as an adult too.
“Acre Rigg is very pro-active when it comes to the children’s oral health.
“They always make sure that healthy snacks and drinks are provided and promote the importance of caring for teeth and good oral health.”
Julie King, oral health promotion co-ordinator said: “This is a great achievement for Acre Rigg Infants/Nursery Unit, achieving the award for the fourth year.
“They have shown evidence of good practice especially where healthy eating is concerned.”