Thursday 15th January 2009 by C. Freeman
Students at Brooke Weston had their teeth examined as part of a large-scale dental survey. A selection of students from Years 7 and 8 were examined by Katie Roberts, Senior Dental Officer with Northamptonshire Teaching PCT, and answered a questionnaire so that dental health can be monitored, not only across the county, but also compared with other areas of the UK.
More than 2,000 12-year-olds from Northamptonshire have been invited to take part in the survey for the British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry and Brooke Weston students were the first ones in Corby to be scrutinised.
Ms Roberts said: 'We look to see whether the students need braces and whether they have any tooth decay. We ask some nationally prepared questions such as whether they need their teeth straightening, whether they would be prepared to wear orthodontic appliances and whether they have experienced any problems with pain or sensitivity.'
The results, which are coded and remain anonymous, mean the need for large scale changes, such as adding fluoride to drinking water, can be assessed, and that local dental services are meeting the needs of the growing population.
Ms Roberts, who was accompanied by dental nurse Sharon Knowles and administrator Carole Ritchie, said: 'People should only eat at meal times, as teeth can't cope with more than six intakes of food or drink a day. An intake is if you have a full meal or even if you just have a couple of crisps. We recommend brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste to keep the teeth clean and gums healthy. A healthy diet is the important thing for reducing decay and don't consume lots of fizzy drinks because they cause acid erosion.'