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Primary banishes sweets to save teeth

A primary school has banned children from eating sweets and chocolate in an attempt to improve dental health, teachers said today.
Instead pupils at Marton Grove Primary School in Middlesbrough can bring fruit and other healthy food to school.

The sweet ban is part of a project to improve pupils' dental hygiene after figures showed students are four times more likely than the national average to have decayed or filled teeth.

Pupils who attend the school's nursery and breakfast club have introduced supervised teeth brushing sessions. There will also be nurses on hand to advise on tooth brushing technique.
Children will be screened at the end of the one-year pilot to see if oral hygiene has improved.

Throughout the scheme, there will also be information events for children, parents and staff.

Deputy head Helen Owen said: "Children at the school are four times more likely than the national average to have dental decay or fillings.
"We wanted to do something about this and the project also fits in well with the Government's national healthy eating agenda.
"The children do not bring chocolate or sweets to school but they can bring fruit.
"They were understandably not keen at first but because we involved them and asked what they would like instead, they have followed the rules, as have parents."

Source: Yorkshire Post Toda

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