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Children's Dental Service - media enquiry

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Thursday 09 January 2014

Health and Social Services Department response to media enquiry from BBC Radio Guernsey

QUESTION:

Please could HSSD provide a statement in relation to the links provided by Penny Elderfield in relation to the Children's Dental Service. This will be used in connection with a radio interview that will be on air tomorrow morning.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/682992895057151/

http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/The_States_of_Guernsey_Reinstate_the_Islands_free_school_dental_service_for_ALL_children/?copy


RESPONSE:

A spokesperson for HSSD said:

"Previously, the demand on the School Dental Service was far greater than it could cope with. In 2006 a decision was taken by the HSSD Board to target free services at those children who were most in need of access to dental care. Regular surveys have been undertaken and in 2011 results indicated that only one in five children aged five required treatment.

The service remains under constant review to ensure that allocated resources are used efficiently. We remain committed to providing effective care focused on those who have the greatest need. In support of the existing services, we actively promote good oral health and prevention of disease.

It is important that parents adopt a responsible approach to their children's dental care. We would always encourage a well-balanced diet, brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and regular check-ups with a private dentist to ensure that mouths and teeth are well looked after."

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