Charity & Community
8th July 2014
Queensway Dental Clinic has visited three schools in Stockton to talk about dental care, helping the young pupils understand the growing impact of tooth decay and how important it is to brush their teeth.
We recently launched the Tooth Troopers campaign to schools across Teesside in response to the ongoing oral health problem, and St John The Evangelist RC Primary School, Pentland Primary School in Billingham and Red House Nursery and Infants School in Norton were delighted to take up the offer.
Coral Milner, Communications Manager at Queensway Dental Clinic was joined by Jennie, Natalie, Sarah and Jade from the oral health education team, to talk with over 400 Key Stage One and Two pupils about how tooth decay can affect them. With the help and support of Toby and Tilly, the young ‘Tooth Troopers’ also learned about the importance of good oral health care and the long-term benefits of taking care of their teeth and gums at an early age.
Louisha Moyo, Tegan Lancaster and Hannah Mulloy aged 10, from St John The Evangelist RC Primary School said: “We were shocked at the amount of sugar there was in drinks, especially that Lucozade contained more than coke. We learnt that we have to cut down on the amount of sugar in our diets or it can ruin our lifestyles. The most surprising thing we found out was how long we should brush our teeth for two minutes, we don’t think we were brushing our teeth properly before.”
Following the presentation, pupils were given workbooks with activities such as designing posters, a themed word search and a quiz to find out the number of teeth in a mouth, which helps develop creative design, problem solving and mathematics skills. They also received goody bags with a selection of items including certificates, stickers and activity sheets.
Mrs Julia Rea, Headteacher at St Johns RC Primary School, said: “A very informative presentation, which really made the children think about how to keep their teeth and gums healthy and how important this is. The presentation fitted in perfectly during our ‘Fit for Life’ theme week – during this week the children learnt about how important diet and exercise are, good dental health was another important aspect we wanted to cover.”
Mr Ian McKay Nursery and EYFS Co
-ordinator at Red House Nursery and Infants School, said: “The children were excited about becoming Tooth Troopers in assembly and finding out how Tilly and Toby looked after their teeth. They were shocked when they discovered how much sugar is within foods, especially tomato ketchup, which is a favourite of mine!
“At Red House Nursery & Infants School we teach children about tooth care and dentists in Nursery right through to Year 3. Just before Christmas Year 3 were learning about the effects that sugar has on our teeth in their Science lessons. The talk by the team at Queensway’s Dental Clinic has certainly helped to reinforce the importance of a good oral health care.”
Dr Paul Howlett, partner and dentist at Queensway Dental Clinic said: “Oral health is a big issue nationally and more important, locally.Throughout the year we work with the community to increase their knowledge of maintaining good dental care and sharing the message of preventative dentistry – which a key part of a child’s overall health and wellbeing – and the Tooth Troopers campaign is a great opportunity to reach children at a young age.
“We found the pupils to be very enthusiastic andexcited about the project. They also have a good understanding of tooth care already so it has been really positive so far. We are very much looking forward to seeing the creativity and thoughts behind the posters for the competition.”
The youngsters have been given a chance to win a £200 voucher for their school by designing colorful and creative posters that get the good oral health message across. In addition, the pupils will be also be able to visit the clinic to see the dental team in action, supported by Toby and Tilly the Tooth Troopers.
Three additional schools are now planning to take part, including St Joseph’s Primary School in Billingham. If you would like to request the Tooth Troopers to visit your school, please contact Coral Milner on 01642 554667.
3rd July 2014
A congratulations is in order for team Queensway who participated in the Billingham Community Games and won!
On Saturday 14th June we joined 20 other teams from local Billingham businesses and took part in a series of challenges in the style of ‘it’s a knock-out’ at Bede College.
The sun was shining as we won 9 out of 10 of the challenges which saw us fight the foam in a giant washing machine and build a 6ft cheese burger.
It was a great experience and all monies raised went to the Billingham Legacy Foundation which is an independent charitable grant making body which invests in Community of Billingham for the benefit of the people of Billingham.
2nd July 2014
We have been extra busy this National Smile Month with plenty going on to support the campaign. Ran annually, National Smile Month is the longest running oral health campaign in the UK.
The aim of National Smile Month is to promote 3 key oral health messages:
- Brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
- Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.
Along with raising oral health awareness in the practice, we launched our Tooth Trooper’s project, with the aim of educating children in the region about the benefits of good oral health. Our very own Tooth Troopers, Tilly and Toby with join us in visiting schools to speak to the children and engage them in activities which will help to improve their oral health awareness. Our school visits begin next week, where we will be visiting Red House School in Norton. We will then be visiting Middlesbrough FC Foundation and St Johns School in Billingham to deliver our Tooth Trooper message.
Team Queensway also took part in the Billingham Community games, and won! The games, which see local teams from the area compete in a series of challenges in the style of ‘It’s A Knock Out’, are ran annually to raise funds for the Billingham Legacy Foundation. We had a great day out, and took our ‘National Smile Month’ smilies along to help spread awareness of the campaign (and for a winners photo, of course!).
We are now looking forward to our practice open evening which is taking place on Tuesday 15th July.
9th June 2014
Queensway patient, Mark Little, is attempting to reach the summit of Mont Blanc, in the French Alps. Embarking on his challenge on 31st July 2014, Mark and 4 friends will hike and climb the 4810 metre peak to raise money for The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. The fund is a non-profit organisation raising money to help soldiers either still serving, discharged or retired.
The challenge which will see the five civilians, who have very little mountaineering knowledge, train and undertake The Three Monts Route in Chamonix. They will do so under the supervision of experienced Royal Marine mountaineers, who have offered to take time out of their summer leave to assist Mark and his friends during the challenge and also provide technical kit for the yomp.
To raise money before the expedition the team have organised a charity evening at Low Grange Social Club on 21st June. Local businesses have donated a range of raffle prizes, including a tooth whitening treatment donated by Queensway Dental Clinic, to help raise money on the evening whilst a local band and DJ have kindly offered their services on the evening free of charge.
On behalf of everyone at Queensway we would like to wish Mark and the team the best of luck with their challenge. If you would like to donate to The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund you can do so by visiting Mark’s just giving page.
14th May 2014
Congratulations to partner Ian Lane and the Bay Horse Velo (BHV) on completing the Fred Whitton Cycling Challenge at the weekend. The BHV raised a staggering £13,955 for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of former team member Kevin Dobson.
The gruelling 112 mile race which takes place in the Lake District involves 13,000ft of climbing (7 major climbs) with the hardest climb of Hardknott pass 100 miles in to the challenge.
Queensway partner Ian Lane said “The day started at 5am with a sportsman’s breakfast before we began riding at 7am. I was hoping to beat my time from last year but due to an unfortunate incident with my bike I ended up shopping for bike parks in Keswick half way through the race! Although I didn’t beat my time I completed the race in 7 hours 28 minutes, and it was completely worth it for the amount of money the team raised for Macmillan.”
Well done to everyone who took part!
If you would like to make a donation you can visit the BHV’s JustGiving page.