Healthwatch Essex support primary school aged children during National Smile Month

National Smile Month runs until 18 June, raising awareness of important oral health issues and, this year, we pledge our support to the campaign by launching a fun activity pack about oral health for primary school children across Essex to use during lockdown.

Over the last few years, we have been actively engaging with young people across Essex and asking them what they think about the health and care services they receive. In 2018, along with partners from across health and social care, we launched a competition in which children were asked to design a piece of bunting celebrating their healthcare hero. To read more about the competition please click here.

The drawings gave us rich insight into how children perceive health and social care services. Seventy-six children wrote about their experiences of visiting the dentist. Although many children expressed how the friendly and caring manner of their dentist had made them feel calm and relaxed during the procedure, some were unsure about the tools used by the dentist and acknowledged they were frightened by them.

This led us to produce this resource pack which can be used at home during lockdown by parents, or by teachers in classrooms/online teaching facilities. The activity sheets provide an opportunity to promote good oral health and hygiene in a fun and engaging way.

Click here to download and print at home. We hope you enjoy using them!