Salford has one of the worst rates for children’s tooth extractions in Greater Manchester with 51% of five year olds in the city having tooth decay. There are a number of reasons for, with the most common one being that many children are not attending the dentist for regular check-ups.
Salford’s Start Well Communication Group, a collaboration of organisations including NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Salford City Council, have launched the new scheme to help tackle the issue.
Salford CCG recently engaged with Salford parents and asked them what the barriers were to taking their children to the dentist, with the most common reasons given were fear (both parent and child), a lack of convenient appointment times and parents and their children not being able to register at the same dental practice.
We also spoke to local children and asked them what dental practices could do to make a visit to the dentist less frightening and the number one response was “make the rooms nicer”. When we asked the children what they meant by this, they said they like to see more pictures, have music playing in the treatment room and toys and things to do to take their minds off going in the dentist’s chair.
Working with a local dental practice we’ve developed some simple pledges and are asking all dentist across Salford to sign up to this FREE scheme.
In return, dental practices will receive a welcome pack which includes artwork created by local children, ‘top tips for looking after your teeth’ display boards and children’s stickers.
In return, dental practices will receive a welcome pack which includes artwork created by local children, ‘top tips for looking after your teeth’ display boards and children’s stickers. Please note: packs are limited and are available on a first come first served basis.
63 Chorley Road, Swinton M27 4AF
0161 727 3018
661 Bolton Road, Pendlebury, Salford M27 4EJ
0161 794 1187
Ordall (including Langworthy, Seedley and Weaste)
2 Bexley Square, Salford M3 6BZ
0161 834 5166
483 Liverpool Street, Salford M6 5QQ
0161 745 7975
Unit 6a The Vibe, 175 Broughton Lane, Salford M7 1US
0161 478 2980
263 Great Cheetham Street East, Salford M7 4UF
0161 792 1960
Irlam, Eccles and
610 Liverpool Road, Irlam , Salford M44 5AA
0161 777 8606
228-230 Liverpool Road, Eccles, Salford
0161 789 0082/1481
72 Rocky Lane, Salford
0161 789 1557
276 Liverpool Road, Cadishead , Salford, M44 5DX
0161 775 2211
If you are a dental practice in Salford and would like to sign up to the scheme, please telephone 0161 212 6278 or email SALCCG.firstname.lastname@example.org.
For urgent in hours (8am to 10pm 7 days a week) dental care please contact 0333 332 3800.
For urgent out of hours dental care please call NHS 111.
Click HERE to find a Salford dentist.
Click HERE for more information about taking care of your teeth and gums.
Click HERE to find out more information about sugar and fun ideas to help your kids stay healthy (Change4Life)
Click HERE to learn more about how health organisations across Salford are working to imrove children’s teeth (Baby teeth do matter)