News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


School helps raise oral health awareness

MEDIA RELEASE

March 19, 2014

School helps raise oral health awareness

A Canterbury High School is getting behind Oral Health Week this week to help raise awareness of the importance of having regular checkups with a dentists or oral health nurse.

Christchurch’s Catholic Cathedral College is hosting a stall at the school with support from Canterbury District Health Board and local dentist Dr Thomas Moriarty.

Dr Martin Lee, Clinical Director for Canterbury DHB’s Community Dental Service, says oral health care, including getting regular check-ups, xrays, extractions and fillings is free to under 18s from private dental practices contracted by the Canterbury DHB but nearly a third of Canterbury teenagers are not getting regular dental treatment.

“We have community dental clinics based in the community where primary school children can access treatment up to year eight but once they get to secondary school they need to enrol at a private dental practice and make an appointment,” Dr Lee says.

“I commend Catholic Cathedral College for its efforts to try and raise awareness particularly around the importance of connecting teens and their parents with a private dentist.”

Dr Lee says practising good oral health habits, in order to prevent problems occurring, needs to start at early age.

“Parents play a key role to ensure their child grows up with healthy teeth. This includes limiting sugary drinks and foods, making sure their child brushes twice a day, with a fluoride toothpaste and making sure they have an annual check up with a dentist,” Dr Lee says.

“For children below year eight this will be at their community dental clinic or mobile dental van and for those older it needs to be at a private dentist, which you can find easily in your phone book or on the Canterbury District Health Board’s Community Dental Service (CDS) page http://www.cdhb.health.nz/Your-Health/Pages/dentists.aspx. Parents are encouraged to attend these appointments with their child.”

The stall at Catholic Cathedral College will be open to students on Thursday, March 20, during their lunch break from 1.10pm to 2pm.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Game Review: Until Dawn - Pick Your Own Horrible Adventure

Supermassive Games’ Until Dawn sees a group of dumb sexy teenagers take a trip to a spooky mansion atop a mountain. It is, obviously, a horror game. However, the game is so ridiculous it turns out to be more of a comedy. More>>

John McBeth: Our World Cup All Blacks

Forty or fifty years ago nobody really had any idea of what the selectors had in mind. There were often several trials, which sometimes featured over 150 players, possibly an inter island match or a final trial, then we listened to the announcement of the team on radio. The players weren't flown into the capital for a parliamentary function... More>>

ALSO:

Game Review: Midsomer Murders Meets First Year Philosophy

Developed by The Chinese Room, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture sees the player exploring what appears to be a recently abandoned idyllic English village trying to figure out where everybody's gone. Spoiler: they've gone to the rapture. (On a serious note, this review contains plot spoilers.) More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Clear Science

It was really after his move to Wellington, to Victoria University, that it became apparent that Sir Paul Cllaghan was much more than an eminent physicist... More>>

ALSO:

Francis Cook: Weekend SportzMania! All Blacks! Netball!

Sports were on all weekend. I normally don’t write about sports but with Richie McCaw tipped to be the next Prime Minister, and Colin Craig arguing sports are almost as important as politics, I thought “what better time to start!” More>>

ALSO:

Beervana: Aussie Pav Beer Declared Taste Of NZ

In a surprising upset, an Australian beer modelled on the pavlova, created by Brisbane brewery Newstead Brewing, the 250 Beers blog and Scratch Bar, has been announced the winner at the Beervana craft beer festival ‘Flag Brew’ competition, which challenged media and brewing teams to capture the distinctive taste of New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news