Portsmouth nursery fights tooth decay

TOOTHY At the back, from left, Jake Windebank, Evan Ramsay, Raya Andreeva, Kieron Toner, three and Isla King. Front row from left Lewis Windebank, Oliver Kogo and Lucy Liston. Picture: Steve Reid (124087-056)
TOOTHY At the back, from left, Jake Windebank, Evan Ramsay, Raya Andreeva, Kieron Toner, three and Isla King. Front row from left Lewis Windebank, Oliver Kogo and Lucy Liston. Picture: Steve Reid (124087-056)
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A GROUP of Portsmouth children have been brushing up their teeth-cleaning technique.

Children at Dysart Nursery in Dysart Avenue, Drayton, are encouraged to brush their teeth after every meal in an attempt to fight tooth decay.

Amy Calloway, manager at the nursery, said: ‘It’s a new initiative that’s going on.

‘Portsmouth is one of the worst places in England for levels of child tooth decay. All the children at the nursery get their own toothbrush and tooth paste to encourage them to brush their teeth more often.’

The children are encouraged to brush their teeth after every meal and the nursery uses a variety of techniques including a tooth brushing song to make the activity fun.

Mrs Calloway said: ‘It’s been a really positive thing. Parents have been very supportive and really encouraged it.

‘Sometimes the children are so keen to brush their teeth they ask to do it several times a day!’