YOUNGSTERS at a Hartlepool primary school were all smiles when a town dentist paid a visit.
Dental therapist Joanne Brown, of Elliott McCarthy Dental Care, visited Lynnfield Primary School to talk to Year Five children about how to keep a sparkling smile.
Joanne used a large set of plastic teeth and an egg timer to show the youngsters how to properly brush their teeth for at least two minutes.
She also spoke about how it is important to eat healthy food and visit their dentist regularly when she delivered the talk to a class full of nine and ten-year-olds.
The school and dentists hope by teaching the lessons to children at a young age they will keep up the good habits as they get older.
Joanne, of the Wiltshire Way practice, said: “We had a great time at the school, teaching the children the importance of good oral hygiene.
“All the pupils were responsive and enthusiastic, we hope they will carry out the brushing techniques and healthy eating and apply them at home.”
A spokesman for Elliott McCarthy Dental Care added: “We all feel better with healthy teeth, fresh breath and nice smiles.
“Tooth brushing skills should be taught to people of all ages, especially young children.”