Dental nurse Sally Boulton, from The Teeth Team Charity, shows Pilgrim Academy pupils how to clean their teeth properly. She is pictured with (l-r) Year 2 pupils Maisie Carter (6), Deacon Long (7) and Sonny Robjohns (6).
The importance of cleaning your teeth from an early age was bestowed upon children from Pilgrim Academy during a visit by members of the Teeth Team Charity.
Dental nurses spent a day with the children at the start of what will be regular visits from the charity to ensure that the children's teeth develop healthily. The visits will also include an annual check-up with a visiting dentist and a twice-yearly flouride varnish.
Christine Lacey, Executive Principal of Pilgrim Academy, said: "Tollbar Multi Academy Trust is supporting the Teeth Team Charity to help them take action to prevent tooth decay in young children. Children brushing their teeth after eating their lunch at school will mean less tooth decay, which means less toothache, fewer sleepless nights and less time off school."
Sally Boulton, who works at the 543 Dental Centre, Hull, said: "Dental disease is the biggest cause of children being admitted to hospital and yet it is a very preventable disease. Our aim is to get this message across to parents and young children to try and bring these numbers down.
"We hope that parents will join us in helping their children to properly look after their teeth, as we know that starting good oral hygiene at an early age is a lifelong investment. The children will be assessed by one of our visiting dentists and if we do find that there are problems then parents will be notified to see their own dentist to rectify the problem."
The children were shown how to use a tooth brush properly and given advice on how often to clean their teeth, and the importance of a healthy diet.