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DHSS announces seminar to launch dental decay prevention toolkit 5 November 2007

The Department of Health and Social Security’s Public Health Directorate has announced a seminar to be held at Keyll Darree Lecture Theatre on 8th November 2007, for parents and carers of young children. The seminar hopes to raise awareness regarding the state of oral health in the Isle of Man’s young children, and to provide information on the causes of dental caries and its prevention.

The seminar is designed to help combat recent findings, which have revealed the dental health of five year old children in the Isle of Man compares unfavourably with results published in England. 52 percent of five year old children in the Isle of Man have dental decay; the national average of dental decay in England’s five year olds’ is 38 percent.

Carers of young children attending the seminar will receive a dental toolkit developed by DHSS Public Health Directorate and dietetic student Nikki Partington.

Nikki Partington said,

"I contributed to the creation of this tool kit as part of my placement for my Dietetics degree at Leeds Metropolitan University. I have gained valuable experience working with Public Health and I hope the toolkit will contribute to improving the oral health of young children on the Isle of Man."

Carolyn Lewis, Clinical Director, Salaried Primary Care Dental Services, said,

“I’m delighted that DHSS has produced an excellent, practical resource for carers of young children. It is particularly important for us on the Island where we know that dental health in young children is poor, compared with other parts of the British Isles.”

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