Free, fun day for preschoolers
Waikato DHB Community Oral Health Service is planning a free, fun day for preschoolers on 13 September at Lollipops in Vialou St, Hamilton as part of the celebrations which kick off on World Oral Health Day on Monday 12 September.
It will include Plunket, B4 school check advice and dental checks from 10am - 3pm. The preschool favourites, 'Nipper & Nudge' are back for two free shows, and with bucket loads of healthy food for lucky prize draws throughout the day. Colgate's mascot Dr Rabbit will hop in and out as it's his busiest week yet promoting oral health right across the region.
Waikato DHB's new Matamata Community Dental Clinic will promote family appointments throughout the week with a limited supply of oral health packs for families who attend with preschoolers. The Tauranga firm Aqua Filter sponsored a water filter in the dental clinic.
Meanwhile in nearby Morrinsville, Paeroa and Huntly the dental team plan to hit the streets to talk to parents, enrol preschoolers and check their teeth.
The Waikato-based service is focused on an ambitious target of increasing enrolled preschoolers to 19,000 by year end and oral health week is a great time to increase awareness of what's on offer. Tooth decay remains the most significant health problem for preschoolers with 50 per cent of five year olds having already experienced decay.
Last year over 800 Waikato youngsters had such severe teeth problems they needed further care under general anaesthetic to remove abscessing and broken down teeth and repair extensive decay. The service is focusing on getting pre-school mums and dads aware of the free service and taking simple steps to ensure their children have decay-free teeth into adulthood.