is working in partnership with Slough Borough Council across area to raise awareness of the importance of oral health and the impact that the risk factors for poor oral health can have on the general health of individuals, including the risk of diabetes, cancer and obesity.
Around 41 % of five year olds and 26 % of three year olds in Slough have decay.
In England children have an operation roughly every 10 minutes to have teeth removed. Many of these 105 operations a day could be prevented.
Slough Borough councillors back our work
The Oral Health Promotion team’s work with Slough Borough Council has led to councillors agreeing to fund and commit to improving oral health in the community.
From March 2019 councillors across the political divide have agreed to put their community investment funds to use by backing our work and resources for schools.
It is hoped to fund further work with the help of the local business community. If you are a business in Slough please get in touch with us to find out how you can make a real difference to the lives and oral health of generations to come. Email Oral.Health@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk
What you can do: Be sugar smart
The best way to ensure that yours and your children’s teeth are as healthy as they can be are to:
1: Reduce the frequency of sugary foods and drinks and ensure drinks are taken in a cup rather than a bottle once the children are a year old. Sweet drinks can provide a significant contribution to a child’s daily intake of sugar.
2: Brush teeth with a fluoride toothpaste at night time and at one other time in the day
3: Visit a dentist regularly, children’s visits are free
What we are doing
Working in partnership with Slough Borough Council providing:
Information sessions in settings and at events including a colourful display board, leaflets and free samples and activities for children and a member of staff available to answer any questions on oral health.
Training in oral health. We are able to offer training sessions for early years staff, school staff and staff working with vulnerable adults. The training includes background information on oral health specific to Slough, the key messages regarding oral health, helping families to access dental care and how to manage dental trauma. We are also able to offer training in introducing supervised tooth brushing in early years settings.
Accreditation of settings. We are able to provide Healthy Smiles Accreditation for early years settings. The accreditation has three levels as detailed below:
An oral health promotion policy is promoted
- There is a named Oral Health Champion at the setting
- Nominated staff receive oral health promotion training
- Tooth-friendly food, drinks and snacks are promoted
- Positive oral health messages are shared to children and parents/caregivers
As bronze above, plus:
- An audit is conducted once per year to understand the oral health status of children attending the scheme
- Actively deliver direct oral health education and outreach sessions linked to the curriculum
- Incorporation of wider public health messages (hand washing, immunisation, pregnancy health, physical activity, healthy eating) by use of resources and displays
As silver above, plus:
- A supervised tooth brushing scheme is introduced at the setting
If your setting would like to take up any of the offers above, please contact the Slough Healthy Smiles Team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Who we work with
Working in partnership with
- Children’s Centres
- Early years settings
- Active Movement
- Slough Children’s Trust
- Starting Well Dental Practices
- Day Centres
- Disability Reach
- Health Watch
- Destiny Support
- Slough Outreach
Posters to inspire you
Slough Healthy Smiles are supporting various campaigns including
GULP Give Up Loving Pop’s Kind to Teeth Campaign
Free KS2 and KS3 Powerpoint presentation of the sugar content in drinks for assemblies can be downloaded along with lists of sugar contents in drinks and posters to highlight this can be purchased from the GULP website http://www.giveuplovingpop.org.uk/kind-to-teeth/
Public Health England's top tips
Powerpoint presentations for use is schools can be downloaded along with leaflets and posters https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/69-top-tips-for-teeth/resources once a simple account is created
Free teaching resources are available from www.dentalbuddy.org
Dental Check by One
Starting Well Dentists Slough
There are four Starting Well Dental Practices in Slough that are particularly welcoming to children under the age of 5.
- Abbey Dental Surgery
5 Sheffield Road
- Smile High Street
24 High Street
Slough SL1 1EQ
- Farnham Road Dental Practice
275 Farnham Road
- Smile Cippenham Dental Practice
424 Bath Road Cippenham
For information on the Starting Well Practices in Slough please email Oral.Health@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk
Last updated: 11 March, 2019