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What can yo do in your practice to help kids cut sugar?

Blog Author Karen Suarez

Blog Date 17/09/2015

​The Charles Landau Dentistry in North London is a mixed general practice. The team consists of two dentists, two nurses, a receptionist and a practice manager. Staff have been treating patients for over 40 years, whilst seeing changes in the local community within a varied social and economic mix - typical of the inner London area of Islington.

 

The practice have been members of BDA Good Practice for 10 years. As part of membership, the practice promotes oral health to patients and participates in local public health and dental health initiatives.

 

What have you done within practice to raise awareness of sugar consumption?

We are proactive within the community regarding oral health. We partake in National Smile Month and Mouth Cancer Action Month as well as having an ongoing oral health programme. We have good relationships with our local reps from dental companies and they often supply us with samples to go in goodie bags for our demonstrations. We have always discussed sugar with our patients, especially hidden sugars. We have created an educational poster as part of our visual display, demonstrating the different sugars called "sugar by any other name" and explained that anything ending in "ose" on an ingredient label would be sugar.

 

Nowadays instead of talking about the consequences of Ribena in babies' bottles we are speaking about the consequences of frequently drinking smoothies and the perils of dried fruit.

 

How have you engaged children in the subject?

We have had some fun open days promoting oral health. We made a tooth fairy grotto, where one of our dentists dressed up as a tooth fairy and the rest of the team dressed up as a good fairy, a bad fairy and a caring fairy. The good fairy had inter-dental brushes, floss, toothbrushes and toothpaste pinned on her tutu and the bad fairy had lollipops, sweets and fizzy drinks pinned on hers.

 

We have also visited local rehabilitation centres and older sheltered accommodation homes. We felt it was vital to target not only children but to focus on other vulnerable groups. With our ageing population it was important not to forget the elderly, with whom we discussed denture care root sensitivity and oral cancer.


What benefits have you seen from your activities?

We engaged children and families who may have never visited otherwise. The children and parents loved all the activities we have conducted and we received incredible responses from all involved. It was good for our practice profile within the community and local organisations including the CQC. We were inspired to begin all our activities when we first applied for BDA Good Practice, as one of the requirements to gain membership is to engage with the local community. As a result it has been beneficial for us as a team, the practice and our patients.

 

BDA Good Practice

BDA Good Practice is a framework for continuous improvement that helps you build seamless systems and develop a confident and professional dental team. For more information on working towards membership please visit BDA Good Practice or call 020 7563 4598.

 

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