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Children and families are encouraged to attend free Dental Drop-in sessions at Sure Start Children’s Centres in Milton Keynes.

The drop-in sessions give the opportunity of a free dental check-up for children, who do not currently have an NHS dentist, and give their parents the chance of receiving general oral health advice and a chat with an NHS Dentist.

Mel Foxall from the Oral Health Promotion Team, said: “Our dental drop-in sessions at the Children’s Centres are a great way of helping families to develop good oral health for their children from an early age. I look forward to welcoming parents and their children to our sessions.”

Following an assessment, the dentist will apply fluoride varnish to the child’s teeth (in line with Department of Health recommendations). Fluoride varnish helps to prevent tooth decay and is only applied following parental consent. After their check-up, children are given a toothbrush pack and advice on how to maintain good oral health. Parents who attend the sessions will also be given up-to-date details of dentists who are currently able to take on new NHS patients.

Top tips for maintaining good oral health include reducing the amount of sugar that you eat, keeping sugary foods and drinks to meal times only, brushing your teeth for two to three minutes, twice a day, with fluoride toothpaste and having your mouth checked regularly by your dentist.

The next Drop In session will be held at Daisy Chain Sure Start Children’s Centre, Abbeys Primary School, Melrose Avenue, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK3 6PS on Wednesday, September 14 2011 from 1pm to 4pm.

For more information about the sessions contact the Milton Keynes Oral Health Promotion Team on 01908 217030.