Dental Buddy, the Oral Health Foundation’s free oral health education programme for nursery and school children, has been given a fresh new look ahead of the next academic year.
When it comes to improving the nation’s oral health, learning is key. Education is so important an
d can help prevent oral health issues from occurring in the first place. Developing the knowledge and learning the correct behaviours fo
r a healthy mouth should be a part of every child’s upbringing. This is because the best time to pick up new habits is when we are young – when the brain is developing.
Dental Buddy aims to equip children with the tools they need for good oral health in a fun and engaging way. It does this through a series of colourful and dynamic interactive presentations and accompanying lesson plans. The presentations, which also include instructions for some experiments the children can do, take them on a step-by-step journey through which they le…
If it was not for our interest in pursuing dentistry, none of us would know how prevalent oral cancer is in our world. This is shocking considering around 7 people lose their life to mouth cancer everyday in the UK and in the last 12 months 145,000 people worldwide have died from this terrible disease. The latest UK mouth cancer statistics also demonstrate how essential it is for mouth cancer awareness to increase. A poll by the Oral Health Foundation found that 80% of people do not even know the symptoms of mouth cancer. That is why we decided to do something about it by taking on a marathon walk for Mouth Cancer Action. Mouth Cancer Action is a charity campaign ran by the Oral Health Foundation aimed at raising awareness of mouth cancer and highlighting the devastating effect it can have on sufferers and their families. Four of us, all Year 13 students from King Edward VI High School for Girls, will be taking on this 26 mile marathon walk on 12th August and would really appre…
The Oral Health Foundation is calling on the government to tackle the junk food industry in a bid to improve the nation’s oral health, following the publication of a new independent report.
The landmark report by the National Food Strategy, found that poor diet contributes to around 64,000 deaths every year in England alone and costs the economy an estimated £74 billion.
Led by food entrepreneur Henry Dimbleby, the report focused heavily on highly processed junk food which are often high in salt, refined carbohydrates, sugar and fats.
The Oral Health Foundation is supporting the report, which recommends the introduction of a sugar and salt reformulation tax, designed to force manufacturers to make the food they sell to consumers healthier.
The new tax would encourage manufacturers to reduce the levels of sugar and salt in their products by reformulating their recipes or reducing their portion sizes.
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, chief executive of the Oral Health Foundation, be…
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