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The mydentist Smile Mobile is educating children around the UK how to have a happy healthy mouth!

by Lee Waring | Feb 29, 2016

Sadly, almost a third of UK children develop tooth decay. But, the good news is it’s entirely preventable. Regular visits to the dentist along with a good diet and brushing technique help children avoid problems with their teeth and gums. Here at mydentist, we wanted to spread the word about good oral health – and so our Kids’ Club was born.

Kids’ Club visits schools, nurseries and other organisations up and down the UK, delivering expert advice to children and parents. From brushing techniques to tooth-friendly foods, we ensure pupils are fully aware of the best ways to care for their teeth – whilst having bags of fun along the way!

Just some of our awesome Kid’s Club activities include…

  • Role-play with child-sized dentist uniforms. This gives children the opportunity to become a dentist for the day, whilst helping to remove any dental fears they may have.
  • Plaque Search - Dental disclosure tablets are given to pupils to show areas their current brushing routine could be missing – and they just love watching their mouths go purple!
  • The Good and Bad Foods Game - A chance for children to learn tooth friendly foods (and not-so-tooth-friendly foods).

During a kids’ club visit, children will get to explore our Smiles Mobile, unique to mydentist it’s our own child-friendly dental surgery which the kids love – it’s a great opportunity for them to see that the dentist’s surgery isn’t so scary after all. As well as a day of fun filled learning, they also get to go home with a bag of dental goodies. This includes a 27 page guide for parents, packed full of everything they need to know about looking after their child’s teeth.

Kids club van and goodies

So far, we’ve visited 25 schools and seen over 880 children, and this is Just us getting started – we’re on a mission to improve the nation’s oral hygiene!

If you’d like mydentist to visit your local school, pop in to your nearest mydentist practice and enquire with the practice manager!

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Did you know?
  • Almost 50,000 children are admitted to hospital each year to have teeth removed.
  • A 330ml can of Pepsi or Coca Cola contains more than a child’s recommended daily allowance of sugar.
  • 20% parents believe fruit smoothies are good for their child’s teeth.
  • Most parents allow their children to brush for less than the recommended two minutes.

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