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Film help families brush up on Oral Healthcare


May 5, 2017

A team of local filmmakers are set to explore a new way to educate families about the importance of keeping teeth clean and healthy.

The Easingwold based Sue Overton Applied Practice decided to make the film, entitled ‘Let’s Talk About Teeth,’ in response to a recent article from the Royal College of Surgeons which shows that there has been a 24% rise in the number of tooth extractions performed on under 4 year olds over the last decade.

The film is aimed at teachers, health professionals and dentists who work with young children. The company also hope to share the programme with parents.

The children and staff of Cundall Manor School, based near Ripon and Thirsk, were asked to help the team film a short section of the programme which demonstrates the importance of brushing teeth and what happens if you don’t.

Pupils as young as four were involved in the film which is shot in an ‘edutainment’ format similar to the “One Show.” The film includes specialist advice discussing all aspects of children’s teeth including sugar, bottles and cups, fluoride, brushing, visiting the dentist, and much more.

SOAP owner, Sue Overton, said: “We needed a different approach if we really want to make a difference. The old methods are simply not working. Our teeth programme is fun to watch and shows lots of film of children, parents and professionals from the North Yorkshire area.”

Sue added: “We were thrilled with the support and enthusiasm of the children, parents and staff at Cundall Manor. We can’t begin to thank them for all their help in making our new national programme which will be available at the end of May.”

The specialist guests include, Dr Peter Day from the Leeds Dental Institute, Annie Denny from the Early Years Nutritional Partnership, Sue Rob from Action 4 Children, together with an assortment of mums and dads who share their children’s stories about teeth.

Marketing Manager for Cundall Manor School, Paul Swalwell added: “This was a wonderful opportunity for the children, not only to learn about teeth, but also to see how a film is made. They were so enthusiastic and had lots of fun.”

To find out more about the film you can call Sue on 01347 821910.

By Emily