Fun and games for First Smiles

London Hygienist Anna Middleton educates school children about oral hygiene

In a changing world, where sugar and citric acid are almost inescapable for even the most health conscious, never before has education been more important for the next generation.

That’s why on Wednesday 20th June 2018, along with dentist Cindy Lan and dental therapist Victoria Wilson, I went to Bow Lane Pre-School in South London to educate young children about good oral health habits to mark this year’s First Smiles campaign.

Using goody bags with Brush Baby toothbrushes, stickers, games and challenges, we gave the children the low-down on how the ‘consumption culture’ of today’s world – in which they will one day be the movers and shakers – significantly affects the condition of their teeth.

Our workshop housed 30 to 40 children between the ages of two and four who were split into groups of 10 to work in teams and take on a number of games.

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