Child Tooth Decay

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3915
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

You have agreed to fund a programme to tackle childhood obesity over the next three years. Will that study also cover related issues regarding tooth decay given that evidence has shown that a record number of children are suffering from tooth decay?

Answer

Answer for Child Tooth Decay

Answer for Child Tooth Decay

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Schools working to achieve the Mayor's Healthy Schools London (HSL) Bronze Award address oral health through PSHEE and food education. For Silver and Gold Awards schools are working to increase tooth brushing and visits to the dentist; reduce uptake of sugary drinks and improve parent and pupil knowledge about oral health.

Additionally, King's College Dental Institute is coordinating the GLA's Big Lottery-funded Well London programme on the Vauxhall Gardens Estate, Lambeth where there are poor rates of child dental health. A dental project is helping local residents build relationships with health professionals and linking dental health into wider Well London events.