Four areas in Greater Manchester are introducing an initiative to tackle tooth decay in the under 5s.
Salford, Rochdale, Bolton, and Oldham have been identified by the NHS and Public Health England as among the country’s top national priority areas for improving children’s oral health. Children in these areas will benefit from the 1.5m programme, which will see supervised brushing introduced in schools and nurseries and dental care incorporated into health visitor checks.
The programme was launched by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and aims to reach 90% of under 5s in each area.
Claire Stevens, paediatric dentistry consultant at Manchester Foundation Trust and children’s oral health lead with the Partnership said: ‘This new initiative is aiming to tackle the very real problems we face in Greater Manchester with large numbers of young children experiencing significant tooth decay often before they even reach school age.
‘Such problems can cause pain, sleepless nights and missed days of school for many children. Across Greater Manchester, this is adding to the daily challenges faced by many of our least well-off families and putting additional pressures on the NHS. Our new £1.5 million oral health programme will tackle these impacts and will hopefully play a vital role in our ambition of giving all of our children the best start in life.’