A NAUGHTY DINOSAUR HELPS CHILDREN TO CLEAN THEIR TEETH

We've reported before on this blog about the terrible state of children's teeth. A&E departments around the country have been reporting startling increases in the level of extractions of teeth in children as young as five.

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Much of this is put down to the high sugar consumption by children and use of sweets as a reward. However many children neglect to brush teeth properly and few even bother with inter-dental cleaning using floss. This is recommended as soon as a child grows two teeth side by side.

Encouraging young children into good habits is imperative to tackle the gum disease epidemic. Children with poor oral health habits grow into adults with poor oral health habits.

Children's author, Heather Maisner, has written over 35 books and her latest project seeks to tackle this 'toothy' problem as part of her 'Dinosaur Douglas' campaign that teaches children about health, tackling obesity and healthy eating.

She recently joined forces with Kate Barnard, a consultant in paediatric dentistry, at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital to create a rhyming story featuring her dinosaur creation to encourage children into regular brushing and cleaning routines before bedtime - the most important time of the day for brushing our teeth. The book is illustrated by Alex Godwin.

This book can be purchased from www.dinosaurdouglas.com