With Salford having one of the worst rates for children’s tooth extractions in Greater Manchester, Salford’s Start Well Communication Group, a collaboration of organisations including NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Salford City Council, has launched the new scheme to help tackle the issue.
The Salford Family Friendly Dental Practice scheme launches on Monday, July 29 and will see participating dental practices pledge to provide appointments at more convenient times for families, such as after school and during school holidays, and allow all family members to register at the same practice. These were some of the barriers disclosed during engagement which took place with parents and children.
One of the biggest issues revealed by both children and parents was fear and therefore, as part of the scheme, dentists will create at least one child-friendly room including toys, stickers and wall art. Each participating practice will host an annual open day for families to come along, look around and meet the staff to ease fear.