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Teeth Team’s mission is to help improve children’s dental health, not to grab headlines. However, we’re aware that media exposure is a great way to increase awareness not only of our programme, but also of the underlying issues we’re trying to address.

LATEST NEWS

  • Simplyhealth Mar 2017

    SIMPLYHEALTH INVESTS £137K FOR TEETH TEAM

    Simplyhealth teeth team news article

    A Simplyhealth spokesperson said, “Simplyhealth is delighted to announce today (March 15th) that it is investing £137k into Teeth Team, a nationally-recognised, award-winning child oral health improvement programme.”

    Teeth Team was set up in 2010 in Hull and works to improve the oral health of children in socially deprived communities. The investment from Simplyhealth will enable Teeth Team to continue its work and roll out its programme to an additional 50 schools in 2017. In addition, Simplyhealth Professionals and its member dentists will be proactively involved in delivering the programme as it expands.

  • The Dentist Mar 2017

    TEETH TEAM FEATURE IN THE DENTIST

    Teeth team feature in The Dentist magazine

    Chris Groombridge explains how one charitable initiative is making a practical difference in the community.

  • Award Winning Feb 2017

    TEETH TEAM WINS OUTSTANDING INNOVATION AWARD

    Teeth team award winning

    We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Teeth Team has won the first ever ‘Outstanding Innovation’ award from the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD)!

    The BSPD’s remit is ‘improving children’s oral health’ and, accordingly, this award is designed to recognise ‘excellent work undertaken by dental team members in support of children’s oral health’. We are told that their executive panel judged Teeth Team’s ‘excellent project to be the clear winner’.

    This award is much appreciated as a testament to years of hard work and dedicated support by everyone involved in Teeth Team and we hope the programme will go from strength to strength, to improve the dental health of as many children as possible across Hull and East Yorkshire.

  • Association of Dental Groups Feb 2017

    THE ASSOCIATION OF DENTAL GROUPS (ADG) LOOKS AT THE WORK OF THE TEETH TEAM PROGRAMME

    Here, the Association of Dental Groups (ADG) looks at the work of the Teeth Team programme and how the support of key dental groups/practices has helped to develop the initiative.

    According to the latest figures, more than 40,800 hospital operations took place to remove rotting teeth in children and teenagers last year – that’s more than 160 operations a day.(i) In the Children’s Dental Health Survey,(ii) the findings had revealed some progress in the way of caries reduction, but if the most recent statistics are anything to go by, it is clear that there is still a long way to go.

    One of the biggest problems, however, is still the impact of regional and social inequalities on the standard of children’s oral health and the prevalence of dental caries. One of the worse affected areas is the Yorkshire and Humber region according to the results of a Public Health England national survey(iii). Figures showed that 28.5 per cent of children examined had obvious signs of decay. In the City of Hull, caries was detected in a staggering 37.8 per cent of children.

    On a national level, there have been a number of initiatives implemented to address the issue of dental caries, but in order to make an impact in areas of deprivation, regional schemes must continue to play an active role. One such project attempting to reduce inequalities in oral health amongst children is Teeth Team – an award winning, nationally recognised programme, which is facilitated within the City of Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire.

    To address the issue, Teeth Team provides a supervised daily tooth brushing programme, with the addition of annual dental assessments and bi-annual applications of fluoride varnish. Parent and child oral health education sessions play an important role in its campaign too. Indeed, by increasing knowledge and raising awareness of potential risk factors of dental disease, the team hopes to encourage a preventive approach – dental caries is an entirely preventable disease after all.

    With the help of a number of partnerships the initiative has continued to expand its reach, which as Julie Fountain, a Trustee of the Teeth Team, explains, has been crucial to the development of the programme.
    “A supportive network has been imperative to the success of Teeth Team,” she says. “Without the help of a number of companies and organisations, we would not have been able to expand the programme to reach more children and reduce dental inequalities. Our collaborations with 543 Dental Centre (the Managing Director is the Chairman of Teeth Team), Alpha Dental and {my} dentist, who provide dentists and staff to carry out dental assessments and fluoride varnish applications on an annual basis, have been particularly invaluable.

    “Equally as valuable is the support that we receive from local independent practices, all of which offer their valuable time and resources to improve the oral health of children in areas of high deprivation.”
    Originally delivering its programme within the City of Hull and East Riding areas, Teeth Team has expanded into North Yorkshire, Nottingham North, South Humberside and parts of Lincolnshire. “In 2016, we were approached by Mr Graham Allen MP for Nottingham North who, with his charity Rebalancing the Outer Estates Foundation, wanted to try and tackle dental decay and the lack of access in his constituency,” Julie explains.

    “With the help of {my} dentist and Florin Vulpoiu, a general dental practitioner in Nottingham North, we are now involved with three more schools in that area. In 2017, we will be providing oral care for more children in a number of other primary schools thanks to further support from the Yorkshire Deanery and Alpha Dental.

    “And that’s not all – Teeth Team is working in partnership with Simplyhealth, parent company of Denplan to move further forward. This collaboration alone has given Teeth Team the ability to extend care to a further 50 schools across a number of regions, with opportunity to expand in the future.

    “The charity’s aim is to continue to set up and provide oral health care to children in disadvantaged regions as well as broaden the work force and reporting capacity that enables us to deliver the programme. The latter has already seen some development, thanks to the Yorkshire Deanery’s decision to allow Foundation dentists to volunteer to work with Teeth Team in primary schools.

    “Our long-term goal is to expand the programme nationally and for all children to have the necessary knowledge and skills passed on to them so that they have the foundations for better dental health for life, for themselves and for their children.”

    Teeth Team is an example of action that can be taken to make a difference to children’s oral health. It is a reminder to us all about the importance of working together and the benefits that corporate companies and independent practices alike can bring to the table.

    For more information about the ADG visit www.dentalgroups.co.uk

    References
    i. Local Government Association. More than 160 operations a day to remove rotting teeth in children. Published online 11 January. Accessed online 19 January 2017 here.

    ii. Children’s Dental Health Survey. Executive Summary: England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Accessed online 19 January 2017 here.

    iii. Public Health England. National Dental Epidemiology Programme for England: oral healyh survey of five-year-old children in 2015. A report on the prevalence and severity of dental decay. Accessed online 20 January 2017 here.

  • Dentistry.co.uk Oct 2016

    MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN CHILDREN'S ORAL HEALTH

    Child tooth decay needs to be tackled in schools, rather than waiting for a visit to the dental practice, Michael Watson says.

    There can be little doubt what the main dental story has been this year, the state of children’s oral health.

    In 2014/15 over 26,000 children aged between five and nine were admitted to hospital for dental extractions because of caries and, as every member of the dental team knows, this is an almost entirely preventable disease.

    At the start of the year the problem was raised in a House of Commons debate by dentist, Sir Paul Beresford MP, and also in the Health Committee.

    In May the then minister, Alistair Burt MP, told the BDA Conference: ‘The number of children going to hospital for dental extractions in a national scandal’.

    The profession was encouraged when, in his budget, George Osborne announced that there would be a sugar tax, but felt let down when the new government’s childhood obesity strategy made no mention of dentistry and contained little to discourage sugar consumption.

  • Dentistry.co.uk Aug 2016

    WE'RE ON OUR OWN AFTER CHILDHOOD OBESITY STRATEGY FAILS TO TACKLE ORAL HEALTH ISSUE

    Michael Watson says the profession is on its own after the childhood obesity strategy failed to prioritise oral health.

    Aesop’s Fables contains the story of the mountain in labour that brought forth a mouse.

    It seemed an apt metaphor for last week’s child obesity strategy, which after a two-year gestation period produced a slim-line version, with only a single reference to tooth decay, in the section devoted to the sugar levy.

    It was reported that Theresa May had overruled health secretary Jeremy Hunt who had wanted tough measures to tackle obesity.

    She had insisted that the economy must take priority, we are told.

  • Itv.com Jun 2015

    HIGH LEVELS OF TOOTH DECAY AMONG CHILDREN IN HULL

    Nearly 600 children in East Yorkshire have had rotting teeth removed under general anaesthetic in the last year according to a new report. The Teeth Team report revealed that children as young as two-years-old had undergone multiple extractions because of tooth decay. The team is now calling for the introduction of fluoride varnish for children aged three to 11 to be included in plans to improve oral health in Hull. More than 43% of five-year-olds in Hull have tooth decay compared with the national average of 27.9 per cent.

  • Hull Daily Mail Jun 2015

    600 CHILDREN, AS YOUNG AS TWO, HAVE HAD ROTTING TEETH PULLED OUT

    A report by Teeth Team has revealed 579 children, including 15 two-year-olds and 112 youngsters aged five, have undergone general anaesthetics, at a cost of £416,000. The two-year-olds had to undergo "multiple extractions" caused by tooth decay as parents persist on giving babies and toddlers bottles filled with fruit juice and sugary drinks despite the damage to teeth. Now, Teeth Team is calling for the introduction of fluoride varnish targeted at children aged three to 11 in Hull's most deprived areas to be included in the oral health plan currently under consideration by Hull City Council.

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