In conjunction with the Oral Health Foundation, London Freemasons are supporting the start of National Smile Month across London with a donation of specially designed children’s toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste to Whittington Hospital
London has one of the highest levels of tooth decay, in young children particularly, with many 3 to 5-year olds having to attend hospital to have rotten teeth removed under general anaesthetic.
Professor Nigel Hunt OBE, Royal College of Surgeons stated: ‘Child tooth decay is a major public health issue, and effects around a quarter of five-year olds across the country. Ensuring that Children brush their teeth regularly, and attend dental check-ups are essential steps in tackling a problem that is 90% preventable.’
Sir Michael Snyder, Metropolitan Grand Master, commented: ‘Following the success of last year’s donation of 40,000, I am delighted that London Freemasons will be supporting The Oral Health Foundation’s ‘National Smile Month Campaign’ by distributing another 40,000 children’s toothbrushes each with a tube of toothpaste to hospitals and Emergency Departments across all of London’s boroughs.
‘Child tooth decay is a major public health issue in the capital, and London Freemasons are delighted to assist in this battle to improve the health of London’s children.’
Claire Robertson, Consultant in Dental Public Health, London, added: ‘I hope that this welcome initiative from London Freemasons will help support children form good dental habits from a young age and help prevent tooth decay in children.’