INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION: ‘WHAT DOES A DENTIST ACTUALLY DO?’
Members of the ACDA-UK were welcomed to Hyland House School in Tottenham to give an oral health presentation in September and October 2018.
Dr Andrea Cupidore, Dr Deborah Reynolds and Dr Cheryl Stewart engaged the KS1 (5-7-year olds) and KS2 (8-11-year olds) in some aspects of a dentist’s daily life. It’s not all about the UDAs! (Unit of Dental Activity for the uninitiated)
The children learnt the importance of teeth; the teeth families and their role in breaking down food; healthy food choices; the difference between some animals and the human dentition and saw images on why and how dentists restore teeth.
The piece d’résistance was demonstrating how effective, or not, their tooth cleaning had been that morning. This involved using a specialised dye to highlight areas of plaque, pink being less than 24 hours old and blue greater than 24 hours. The children had fun comparing their results with their classmates.
Correct brushing technique followed, and the children were given toothbrushes and toothpaste, donated by ACDA-UK members, and instructed on how to remove plaque successfully.
Our visit in October coincided with Hyland House School’s celebration of Black History Month. The ACDA-UK was honoured to support the school in providing positive role models for the children.
The Association would like to thank Mrs St Luce-McKenzie for her kind invitation and all the teaching staff for their warm welcome and feedback.
Community Health Expo & Family Fun Day
Held on Sunday July 22nd 2018
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SERVING OUR COMMUNITY: ACDA-UK ACTED AS DENTAL ADVISORS AT HYLAND HOUSE SCHOOL SUMMER FETE
Held on Sunday 1st of July 2018.
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On one of London’s many gloriously sunny days this year, the African and Caribbean Dental Association was invited to participate in Hyland House School’s Summer Fete.
This independent primary school based in Tottenham N17, hosted a ‘Back to the 80’s’ themed event with many stalls, including Caribbean cuisine, arts and crafts, face painting, a bouncy castle and a health stand, which the association was part of.
Dr Andrea Cupidore , Dr Cheryl Stewart , Dr Deborah Reynolds , Dr Timi Adesanya and Sitha Designs Dental lab owner Valentine Dzingai fielded questions from the young and old regarding differing aspects of dentistry. We provided free toothpastes and toothbrushes as well as leaflets on children’s teeth and NHS Dental Services.
From the fete attendees we found that;
• Many of the older generation did not visit the dentist on a regular basis and was usually prompted by a dental issue.
• The older generation had a guarded opinion of dentists and their role in their general health, citing dissatisfaction and distrust with regards to previous treatments and financial costs as precipitating factors.
• Eligibility for free dental treatment was not readily known
• Many parents used the service for their children (under 16) who attended regularly (6 monthly), however they themselves did not attend as often (yearly or greater intervals)
• Few had never seen an African or Caribbean Dental Surgeon and were very supportive of the aims of the Association.
• Our services for primary schools and supporting students aspiring to join the dental profession was well received and applauded.
This was an informative snapshot of opinions regarding dentistry in the African community in this area, and reveals our mission to improve the oral health awareness in minority groups is warranted.
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"The Journey Continues..."
ACDA in the News
We were delighted to be featured in July's issue of Dentistry(2014) following an interview with Editor Julian English. The in-depth interview gave us the opportunity to explain in detail the aims and objectives of the Association and bring these to the attention of the profession.
With the launch of our new website we are now ready and prepared for a full-on push for new members. If you're not yet a member and want to know what benefits
One Child One Toothbrush
Held at the end of June 2014, our most recent community event saw a group of ACDA Members spend the day spreading the oral care message in a Croydon shopping centre. With face-painting and music throughout the day we drew quite a crowd and distributed lots of toothbrushes and toothpaste (kindly supplied by Henry Schein Dental). This was a great opportunity to answer questions from the public and explain the importance of child oral heath.