Snap-a-brusher and win
The Community Oral Health Service in Marlborough is using a photo competition to encourage parents to be more involved in their children’s tooth brushing.
The Snap-a-Brusher competition is being launched to coincide with national Oral Health day.
To enter, families enrolled at the community oral health clinic submit a photo of their child brushing their teeth and they will go in the draw to win a family oral health basket. Entrants are also encouraged to provide their children’s answer to the question, why do we brush our teeth?
The photos will be displayed in decorative frames on the clinic waiting room walls and will be able to be accessed by children after the competition is over so they can find their picture and see how they have changed over time.
Oral Health Educator Heidi Owers came up with the competition as a fun way to strengthen the partnership with families and whanau and to get parents involved in brushing their children’s teeth. She also hopes it will make the Marlborough oral health clinic waiting room more inviting.
“Under five-year-olds need to have their teeth brushed by an adult, twice a day, with adult strength fluoride toothpaste,” she says. “We hope the competition will help reinforce this message, as when we receive an entry we will send an acknowledgement by email together with some brushing and oral health tips.
It is hoped that by displaying the photos from the Snap-a-Brusher competition at the clinic it will help instil a sense of belonging when families arrive and see children’s faces and cultures that reflect Marlborough community.
Parents are encouraged to call 0800 833 849 or to talk to their local school or Early Childhood Centre, GP, Plunket Nurse or Tamariki Ora/Well Child provider about enrolling at a Community Oral Health Clinic - preferably before their first birthday.
Enrolment forms can be found online.