Tooth decay is the most common chronic health problem of Australian children today. Nearly fifty per cent of Queensland school kids (aged 5 -10 years old) are affected by tooth decay of their baby teeth. Tragically, decayed teeth are causing fear, embarrassment and health issues for our kids – with many requiring emergency dental surgery, which can be quite a traumatic experience for children so young.
Fortunately, tooth decay is preventable.
Complete Dental Works is committed to helping educate children on the importance of looking after their oral health. We strongly believe that prevention is always better than a cure.
With this aim, our dentists are visiting childcare centres and schools to conduct free dental workshops on the importance of oral care and hygiene for primary school children. The workshops are designed to familiarise children with what to expect when visiting the dentist, as well as to encourage and teach them the importance of good oral health care and hygiene.
Our team is more than happy to visit kids from all age groups. Our workshops are interactive and age-specific, ensuring each of your student’s needs are catered for.
Here is a basic outline of our dental workshop plan:
- We explain the role of the dentist – who we are and what we do. We will show the students our gloves, masks, scrubs and other parts of the dental uniform, and explain why dentists and hygienists use or wear them.
- We describe what happens when you visit the dentist, through role-play and by using props, such as Lucky the dragon.
- Afterwards, there would be a demonstration on how to brush teeth properly (and floss for older kids), followed by a discussion with the students about the differences between healthy and unhealthy foods.
- Lastly, we will introduce our dressed mascot (Tracy the tooth), who will help lead the class to sing a fun tooth-brushing song, and let each child have a turn at brushing Tracy the tooth.
To wrap up, each child will receive a take-home pack which includes:
- An information pamphlet on oral health for children
- A tooth loss chart
- A dental themed activity book with puzzles, games and colouring pages
- A balloon
Another aim of the workshop program is to teach children that they are never too young to start good oral hygiene habits. It is important for children to learn, at an early age, why looking after their teeth now, can help them keep their natural teeth for life.