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HAPPY 10TH BIRTHDAY DENTAL PLAYBOX®

ACTION FOR SICK CHILDREN’S Dental Playbox® Project was initiated in 2007 in response to the alarming increase in dental decay in young children and continues today to not only reduce this issue but also to stem the ever-increasing numbers of young children becoming hospitalised due to tooth decay. According to statistics, over one third of children in the UK have tooth decay by the time they start primary school!

The project’s key aim is to teach young children (through the powerful medium of play appropriate to their age) about the importance of good oral hygiene, healthy eating and to prepare them from an early age for a trip to the dentist.

Play gives children the opportunity to learn and express any fears that they may have in a safe and secure environment. Dental Playbox’s trained Facilitators are armed with a specially designed box of resources including role play uniforms, hand puppets, games, stories, toothbrushes etc. to engage the children in the session. Following on from the session a Teacher’s Pack is left to support the Teacher build upon the session’s messages.

Our secondary aim is to help reduce the number of hospital admissions for tooth extraction in the under 5s.

Children are our future,
it’s up to us to take care of them

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