To nurture the skills of resilience is key to providing young people with the ability to cope with stress, adversity, failure and challenges. Resilience is evident when young people have a greater ability to “bounce back” when faced with difficulties and achieve positive outcomes.
Resilience is required to resist the temptation of sugary food and drinks and to pursue healthier alternatives.
Dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are wholly preventable, but when present, can have a wide range of effects, not only causing pain and the need to remove decayed teeth, but affecting the ability to speak, eat, smile and socialise.
In 2018/19 there were 59,011 episodes of tooth extraction in hospital for children aged 0 to 19 years in England, a decrease of 303 from the previous year. In children aged 6 -10 years extractions due to tooth decay were particularly high – 23,709. The proportion of children aged 0 to 19 years having tooth extraction in hospital has remained at approximately 0.5% of the population since 2014/15.
An average of 3 days of school missed due to dental problems
Pupils should have the opportunity to learn at school what constitutes, and how to maintain, a healthy lifestyle, including the benefits of healthy eating and dental health and to recognise opportunities and develop the skills to make their own choices about food, and understand what might influence their choices and the benefits of eating a balanced diet.
Source: PHE December 2020
Awesome Smiles September Stations
Awesome Smiles September Stations is a new event funded by Cambridgeshire County Council to offer a whole school approach to Oral Health promotion, with free access to a resource pack. All primary schools throughout Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are encouraged to set a date in September and have fun with a circuit of activity stations to encourageRead More About Awesome Smiles September Stations
Raisin Awareness Project
The Raisin Awareness Project offers a whole school approach to promoting Oral Health covering many aspects as suggested in the NICE pathway Improving oral health in primary schools – NICE Pathways . The Raisin Awareness Project, set up by the not-for profit company Awesome Oral Health CIC, aims to link primary schools in Cambridgeshire andRead More About Raisin Awareness Project