More work being done to improve oral health

Theresa Paddon with her two children, Lee, 18 months, and Darren, three, at their home in Leigh Park

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PLANS to save children’s teeth from rotting by teaching them to eat well have been revealed.

Portsmouth City Council’s public health team said it is reviewing its health visitor services so it includes parents being taught the importance of having a healthy diet.

Figures for Portsmouth show that of 200 children surveyed, nine per cent presented with symptoms of tooth decay.

Director of public health for the city Dr Janet Maxwell said: ‘These results are very worrying and show we need to do far more work with children and parents.

‘We are reviewing our health visitor services as part of our Healthy Child programme to help provide support to parents to ensure children have a healthy diet from the start.

‘We are following a holistic approach to increase the numbers of children getting regular dental care and to encourage healthier diets.’

The survey also found a type of tooth decay called ‘early childhood caries’, which affects the upper front teeth and is related to drinking sugary drinks from bottles or sipping ­cups.

The council plans to extend school supervised brushing programmes.