Posted by Joanne Mellor
Schoolchildren in Bath have been given some tips on keeping up their levels of oral health.
Staff from the oral surgery department at the Royal United Hospital headed to Weston All Saints Primary School to visit four and five-year-old kids, reports the Bath Chronicle.
Senior sister Lynn Howes highlighted the importance of getting children to have good habits regarding the care of their teeth at a young age.
“If we establish good oral hygiene at a very young age and encourage children to get into the habit of looking after their teeth … they’ll keep their own teeth well into old age,” she said.
Ms Howes explained this will also have other benefits, such as helping to avoid associated health problems.
Chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation Dr Nigel Carter recently noted a study by scientists at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Broad Institute in America that found a link between tooth loss and bowel cancer demonstrates the effect oral health can have on the whole body.