Corporate Social Responsibility
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Our work touches the lives of thousands of people, from our patients to children from many schools and nursery schools, in our community, which we have been supporting and helping throughout the years. As a dental practice we are passionate about spreading the message about good oral hygiene and diet from an early start. We believe that, by working tirelessly in the community educating children and their families from lower socioeconomic background, we can make a difference. We can help transform the lives of many people if we reach out to future generations and reinforce the importance of healthy living. We believe that good health starts with good oral health as everything we eat and drink affects our teeth before they reach into our bodies.
Throughout our 20 years of service in Fulham, we have been in communication with several schools and nurseries inviting them to visit us and vice versa to hold seminars and talks promoting a good healthy diet and good oral hygiene. We have been involved in many initiatives through, NHS England and other health promoters to help educate parents and staff involved in children’s daily lives.
As one of the largest NHS Dental practices in London, we have a responsibility towards our community and beyond. We decided to give more than the odd day here and there and partner with a charity of our choice, working for something very close to our heart. Lucky as we were, one of our dentists, Dr Rupert Monkhouse, had been involved in a brilliant charity up in Hull, Teeth Team. They go into primary schools to offer all children a check up and fluoride varnish (providing consent is in place). They identify any child with a need to see a dentist and refer them to an NHS dentist. The charity was in need of partners in the south and in need of more volunteers, both dentists and nurses. We are delighted to be the hub in London for Teeth team and help this wonderful charity spread awareness in our local community.
About Teeth Team
What is Teeth Team?
The programme has been in existence since 2010, when local dental practices, the salaried dental service and a dental supply company shared concerns relating to the extremely high incidence of dental decay (caries) in local children.
How does it work?
Children brush on a daily basis at an arranged, suitable time at school. We also provide dental assessments and fluoride varnish applications at the school every year; sometimes every six months.
Why do we do it?
Prevention! It’s extra help to try and prevent tooth decay and will hopefully lower the number of fillings or extractions needed by children.
Do the children enjoy it?
Definitely, we have lots of positive feedback from the children. The great thing is they understand why it’s necessary too, which is very rewarding.
Visit to St Augustine’s primary school in Hammersmith
On the 13th March we visited St Augustine’s primary school in Hammersmith together with Teeth Team.
We managed to see around 140 children between the age of 4-11 years, we carried out dental assessments and applied fluoride varnish.