CDS is working with Lexden Springs School in Colchester to advise and equip a new role play area, which will be used to support pupils with the importance of oral health and managing their anxieties of regular dental visits.
Having noticed pupils missing school due to dental issues, poor oral health and pupils not brushing their teeth, the school contacted CDS with the vision to be educated and in turn educate parents and carers on the importance of oral health and face any future barriers.
CDS will be providing dental PPE to be used within the role play area, including hair and shoe covers, gloves and masks, followed by training provided by the Oral Health team. Emma Gunner, Oral Health Improvement manager, is excited CDS is able to help “We are providing sounds such as suction and the drill that the school can play in the role play area to help the pupils become used to the sounds heard within the dentist room. The PPE, especially the gloves will help pupils become more comfortable with the smells and textures.”
Emily Cornell who works within careers and transitions at Lexden Springs School is thrilled the new role play area is taking shape. “We already encourage and help our pupils to brush their teeth after lunch so having a place where they can experience and start to feel comfortable with dental check-ups seemed a natural progression. Oral health can be challenging for some of our pupils. The sight, smells and the ‘alien’ nature of visiting a dentist can be difficult for many children. But developing good oral health routines is so important that we wanted to think about how we could support these processes.”
CDS will deliver a one-hour virtual training session to the teachers and staff within the school, which will focus on brushing techniques, how long to brush your teeth along with tips and hints about the importance of oral health. The training will be recorded which can then be used as a reference point for teachers and to share with parents and carers.
Emily is delighted with the help CDS is offering. ” CDS have been very supportive. They have created a video of the Colchester clinic that we will be able to share with the pupils and families, and they’ve sent photos of all the staff.”
Lexden Springs School is a specialist school for pupils aged 3 – 19 years old with a range of disabilities. The role play area and training, self-funded by the school will mainly benefit the infants and juniors however will be accessible to everyone in need.