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‘Lift the lip’ session for National Smile Month

Published on 14 June 2017

PARENTS and young children will be finding out how to get into good oral health habits at the final National Smile Month event this week.

The ‘Lift the Lip’ session, at Beaumont Leys Library’s Toddler Time on Thursday (15 June), is one of a series of events that has been held across the city and county to mark National Smile Month (15 May-15 June).

At ‘Lift the Lip’ sessions, dentists teach parents and carers how to look for signs of tooth decay in children. Each family receives personalised advice and information, and a free toothbrush and toothpaste.

Toddler Times take place regularly in libraries across the city and are for parents and pre-school children to stay and play with toys and puppets, enjoy storytelling, join in with rhymes and singing and take part in creative activities.

The ‘Lift the Lip’ session on Thursday is the last of 14 which have been held across the city for National Smile Month. It is estimated more than 200 parents and their children have spoken to oral health professionals at the Lift the Lip sessions.

At a further awareness-raising event in the city centre, more than 130 people spoke to dentists and dental nurses for oral health advice.

Cllr Rory Palmer, deputy city mayor, who leads on public health, said: “We know that sessions like these have had a positive impact on levels of tooth decay in children, as part of our Healthy Teeth, Happy Smiles campaign.

“We also know that tooth decay in children is largely preventable and that getting into good oral health habits early on in life can make all the difference.

“I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to support National Smile Month with a full programme of events aimed at helping parents and families to learn more about the importance of good oral health.”

Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste, twice a day for two minutes, combined with a healthy diet is the best way to prevent tooth decay. Other tips include cutting down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks, and visiting your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

Toddler Time is open to all families with pre-school children and Thursday’s session at Beaumont Leys takes place from 9.30-11am.

For more information on oral health, visit www.leicester.gov.uk/healthyteethhappysmiles
www.leicestershirehealthytots.org.uk

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