projects 24 June 2014 core projects

Mega Molars

The Mega Molars project is a DWT programme aimed at tackling incredibly high instances of tooth decay and poor dental health amongst children in Luton. The project came about after two dentists, Krina Patel and Sona Bavisha, spent a year in Luton as part of their training and were shocked by the number of children they were treating with tooth decay. The Luton area is one that desperately requires more and better preventative intervention to improve the oral health of children. Tooth decay is a big problem amongst children in Luton – 50% of children screened at the pilot event in 2012 had dental health issues.

Krina and Sona resolved to do something about it the condition of children’s teeth in Luton and have worked with the Dental Wellness Trust to put together the Mega Molars project.

The Mega Molars project is an educational and supervised brushing programme designed to tackle dental decay and to instill good habits in children. The educational element of the programme involves teams of dental health professionals going into schools to carry out workshops to teach children how to care for their teeth and sessions for parents designed to teach them how to care for their children’s teeth. The supervised brushing part of the project involves sessions carried out by local coordinators, primarily health and family workers, in the schools.

2015 will see the Mega Molars project trialed in six schools in Luton with the ultimate aim being to replicate the sessions in other schools and to introduce daily supervised tooth-brushing to schools. Supervised brushing has been successfully implemented in Scotland and Wales and benefits children by introducing a routine of looking after their teeth that will hopefully stay with them for the rest of their lives.