Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


New role will help pre-schoolers brush up on oral health

New role will help pre-schoolers brush up on oral health

3 April 2014

The creation of a new role at MidCentral DHB will increase the focus on the oral health of pre-schoolers.

As the new Preschool/Adolescent Oral Health Coordinator, Mahashweta Patel is looking to build on the work her predecessor Micki Tyler has done with adolescent oral health. Her primary aim is to get pre-schoolers using the oral health service, and keeping them engaged throughout their adolescence.

Mahashweta believes the best way to achieve this is through building relationships with providers of pre-school oral health, and other early childhood health organisations. This will mean working with organisations such as Plunket, iwi providers and early childhood education centres to spread the message about oral health.

“I’m really looking forward to forming relationships with providers and other early childhood organisations; and using these relationships to enhance the uptake and ongoing participation of young children in the oral health system.”
The role will help coordinate interactions between providers of pre-school oral healthcare, and ensure that parents and children are aware of how important good oral health is. This focus on pre-school is part of the Tamariki Ora/Well Child programme that aims to keep young children healthy, and set them up with good health habits for life.

Born and bred in Palmerston North, Mahashweta moved to Dunedin to attend the University of Otago where she completed a Master’s of Public Health. She is excited to be back in her home town, working to help the community that she was raised in.

If parents are worried about their child’s oral health, dental care is free until the age of 18, so there is no cost to get any issues checked out. Also, it is possible to preserve a pre-schooler’s oral health by following a few simple steps:
· Avoid high sugar drinks such as juice and fizzy

· Don’t place sweet foods such as honey on a dummy for a young child to suck on

· Keep scheduled appointments with your child’s dental therapist

· Use a soft bristle toothbrush for young gums and teeth using a fluoride toothpaste

· Remember that children learn by copying their parents, so make sure to brush well, twice a day.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news