Friendly dentist offers educational tips for children

PUBLISHED: 09:59 17 January 2009 | UPDATED: 07:09 30 May 2010

Local dentist Jane Jordon is inviting children to her surgery as part of an educational drive   Picture: NICK THOMPSON

Local dentist Jane Jordon is inviting children to her surgery as part of an educational drive Picture: NICK THOMPSON

A FRIENDLY dentist is opening the doors to her practice to show local children that the dentist chair is no longer a scary place to be. Jane Jordan s surgery, situated on Dunmow s High Street, will become an educational and healthy hive of activity during

A FRIENDLY dentist is opening the doors to her practice to show local children that the dentist chair is no longer a scary place to be.

Jane Jordan's surgery, situated on Dunmow's High Street, will become an educational and healthy hive of activity during half term - February 16 to 20 - by offering free check-ups for children.

Mrs Jordan said: "We want to actively encourage them into keeping their teeth healthy and strong. During the week we will have free advice on foods and how to look after teeth, as well as giving out lots of free goodies such as stickers and toothbrushes to help children learn the right attitude towards dental care from an early age.

"We hope they can then take that knowledge with them into later life."

Staff at the surgery are hoping to attract around 750 children of all ages during the week, and have an open book for any parents wishing to sign on for permanent dental care.

"We have seven surgery rooms here already, meaning we have plenty of room for lots more people. If we ever get too many we will just open up more surgery rooms to accommodate the need," added Mrs Jordan.

The practice caters for both private and NHS patients and has been operating out of its current location since 1993. Mrs Jordan, who has been a qualified dentist for 30 years, said: "We think it is important to get these children early, so they can benefit from better health in the future. I have done many talks in schools and have always been impressed with the knowledge children now have about healthy foods and what is better for your teeth.

"Hopefully events like this can give them, and their parents, a push in the right direction. In the process we can show them how visiting the dentist needs not to be a scary experience."

What do you think? Will you be attending? E-mail us at editor@dunmow-broadcast.co.uk or write to us at 54 High Street, Saffron Walden, Essex, CM10 1EE.

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