Hello we’re Tilly and Toby the Tooth Troopers!
We live at Queensway Dental Clinic - you may see us at your next visit!
It is our job to teach children all about the ways to look after their teeth and make it fun!
When we’re not at work, we also love attending Summer Fayre’s and local community events – we can even come into your school to teach you and your class mates all about oral health and tooth brushing! If you would like us to pay a visit ask your teacher to give us a call.
Sometimes we even get to visit Middlesbrough Football Club and meet the players! Look at for us next time in the Fan Zone where you can pick up some oral health goodies! Sometimes we even get to fly over the pitch. If you see us and our tooth fairy friends make sure you say hello.
For more information call 01642 554667.
The bit for parents and teachers….
The Tooth Troopers project aims to provide education to address the chronic problem of tooth decay in young children in Teesside by providing education and information about the cause of tooth decay and ways to prevent it.
Oral health is a big issue; with a report* revealing that over 27 per cent of five-year olds across the UK suffer from tooth decay, with figures for the North East being higher than the national average. In Teesside the figure is 32 per cent, rising to 36 per cent when Hartlepool is excluded, which has the benefit of naturally occurring fluoride in the water supply.
In addition, the national average for five-year olds needing an extraction is three per cent, which rises to four and a half per cent for the North East, the second highest rate in England.
Dr Paul Howlett, Dentist at Queensway Dental Clinic said: “As part of the project we will work with pupils to help them understand the importance of good oral health and the long-term benefits of taking care of their teeth and gums from an early age. Queensway Dental Clinic is committed to educating the local community on how they can best tackle this issue. Toby and Tilly, our Tooth Troopers will help the children along the way and we hope to spread the key oral health messages far and wide!”
*All data taken from the Public Health England 2012 survey of 5 year olds.