RCPCH free webinar 16 October 2019 at 12.00 BST

Children’s oral health has recently been gaining attention in the media. Dental extractions are now the most common reasons for a child aged 5-9 years to be admitted to hospital in England and Wales.

Join RCPCH for this free webinar – register on the link below.

The target audience for this webinar is any health professional (GPs, paediatricians, health visitors, school nurses etc) who may need to provide advice for families.

By the end of the webinar, attendees will:

  • understand the issue of dental caries at a population and patient level
  • understand the key messages for delivering better oral health
  • have an awareness of professional interventions being carried out throughout the UK
  • understand the role of paediatricians in encouraging good oral health in children and young people

The webinar is aimed at a UK audience.

Please register on the link below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

NHS England is calling on dentists to see an additional 70,000 pre-school children as part of a drive in the health service’s 70th year, to help young families to get into the habit of good dental health.

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director iHV, commented: “The Institute is delighted to hear of this initiative and calls on health visitors and their teams to alert parents to it.  Health visitors promote good oral hygiene and early visits to the dentist for infants on their caseloads.”

Latest data show that over 140 children per day, some just one year old, are having decayed teeth removed. These are now being tackled head on with a newly launched awareness programme supporting 24,000 dentists across England to see more children from a young age.

Good dental health habits can be formed by booking a baby’s first dental check by their first birthday, stopping the rot before it starts and preventing the need for future tooth extractions.

As part of the Starting Well Core programme, the Chief Dental Officer for England, Sara Hurley, is also encouraging parents and carers to take advantage of extra access opportunities at their local dental practice and obtaining free NHS dental care.