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Last week, the local Swansea AM visited the visited the school with members of the local health board to present pupils with a Gold Standard Award in recognition of their achievement, which involved pupils brushing their teeth twice daily.
The “Designed to Smile” scheme, which is delivered by the Community Dental Service in conjunction with Local Health Boards (LHBs), encourages pupils to brush their teeth daily with a fluoride based toothpaste to reduce the levels of tooth decay. The programme offers a number of free services and dental treatments for children in a school and nursery setting, and also works towards reducing the gap between the oral health of children from the most deprived and the least deprived communities in Wales.
Speaking from Hafod Primary School, Mike Hedges AM said:
“Since its launch in early 2009, the Welsh Government’s Designed to Smile scheme has been an overwhelming success in teaching our children throughout Swansea the value and importance of good oral hygiene. It’s essential that all children in Wales are taught about looking after their teeth from an early age, so that they will develop good habits that will continue with them into adulthood.”
Commenting on Hafod Primary’s Gold Standard Award, the Labour AM added:
“I’d like to congratulate all pupils at Hafod Primary School for their efforts in achieving a Gold Standard Award. This is an outstanding achievement that everyone involved in the school should be proud of.”