Spartans Smilers

26th March 2010 at 00:00

Football is the magnet to engage north Edinburgh schoolchildren in an oral health project tackling tooth decay. The project, launched by the Spartans Community Football Academy, follows a recent NHS survey which highlighted that 92 per cent of P7 pupils in north Edinburgh suffer from decay. The programme, designed in partnership with the local NHS oral health promotions team, involves children taking part in classroom-based sessions, followed by football coaching to reinforce the oral health messages. In "Plaque Attack", for example, children become teeth and plaque, or learn correct brushing technique through dribbling exercises. The ball is the toothpaste, the leg and foot the toothbrush, and the toothpaste is shot into the "goal mouth".

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