Cornwall's Oral Health Campaign

Brighter smiles for local children

It’s important to maintain your good oral health practices at home. There are lots of resources on our Patient Information Zone including a series of four virtual oral health education sessions that we created for children aged 4-6 here and you can watch Dylan the Dragon and the Sugarbugs here.

 We’ll see you as soon as we can in the new school year!

The shocking facts

In Cornwall the highest single cause of hospital admissions for children between the ages of 5-9 is tooth extraction under general anaesthetic yet this is preventable.

See the BBC’s powerful film about access to NHS dentistry in Cornwall and what we’re doing as a dental social enterprise to reach those in our communities who need us most and improve oral health education via Brighter Smiles at

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hospital admissions per week in Cornwall (5-9 year olds)

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of children do not see an NHS dentist each year and average of 3 days of school missed due to dental problems

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cost to the NHS in England per year, £7.8m spent on tooth extractions among the under 5’s

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teeth will be removed from the mouths of kids in
Cornwall today under general anaesthetic

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The average 5 year old consumes their own body weight in sugar each year and a quarter have tooth decay with an average of 3-4 teeth affected

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teeth are extracted from 0-9 year olds each year
under general anaesthetic

Get involved

Schools, nurseries and family hubs

Our campaign is dedicated to making a difference in Cornish communities. Working together with Cornwall Council public health team, local businesses and individuals we go into schools providing fun and educational oral health education, tooth brushing clubs and fluoride varnishing. See how your community could benefit.

Dental Professionals

We are working with other dental professionals who share our ‘prevention is better than cure’ outlook and, like us, care deeply about the oral health of children in their local community.  In some cases, their dental nurses have undertaken training with us and joined our bank of volunteers to deliver the campaign in local schools.


We simply can’t achieve all that we do without the generosity of our supporters as this type of work is not currently funded by the NHS in Cornwall. Our campaign therefore provides a range of mutually beneficial opportunities for supporters to make a real difference in their local community. Help us improve the oral health of more Cornish children by becoming a supporter.

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