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Dental Health

Volume 406: debated on Thursday 12 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures have been undertaken to increase awareness of the importance of teeth brushing and reducing sugar in the diet to dental hygiene. [114702]

In England, primary care trusts are responsible for oral health promotion and currently they attach particular importance to ensuring that oral health is covered in initiatives such as Sure Start, health action zones and healthy living centres. In August 2001, to complement this work, we launched our Brushing for Life scheme, which targets families with young children in the 31 areas where dental decay is highest. There are currently 32 schemes running nationally. When carrying out developmental checks, health visitors demonstrate good tooth brushing practice and give the families a free pack containing a tube of fluoridated toothpaste, a toothbrush and a leaflet on oral hygiene.