The Dental Wellness Trust, founded in 2011 by London dental practitioner Dr Linda Greenwall, provides supervised toothbrushing programmes for schools and nurseries in deprived boroughs, as well as an ongoing supply of free toothbrushes and toothpaste for daily brushing in the classroom. Initially set up to help communities in South Africa, it is now being rolled out in UK schools and nurseries.
BioMin’s donation will be used for toothbrushing teaching sessions and has also been distributed via foodbanks and community charities, such as Goods For Good, Foodbank Aid and Brick by Brick, a black-led community organisation aiming to combat poverty and social exclusion.
Dr Greenwall said: ‘Our free LiveSmart supervised toothbrushing programmes have reached 10,000 children, and we are very grateful for this donation from BioMin, which will enable us continue and expand this work. It will help children to improve their dental hygiene, which is especially critical in the wake of Covid, as we have seen that oral health has deteriorated over this time.’ In addition to supporting supervised toothbrushing sessions, the Dental Wellness Trust is distributing BioMin F for Kids via foodbanks in order to reach an even wider number of children.
Community charity receives a consignment of BioMin F for Kids
‘It goes without saying that improved dental hygiene taught at an early age will have long-term benefits for children’s teeth, fewer lost days at nursery and school, and better health and wellbeing for those children,’ stressed Dr Greenwall.
BioMin Technologies CEO, Richard Whatley commented: ‘We are delighted to be supporting the inspirational efforts of the Dental Wellness Trust, teaching children from deprived backgrounds the basics of oral hygiene at an early age. This is a critical step to help reduce the level of hospital admissions for tooth extraction created by social inequality.