As rising costs in the uk his pupils’ dental health.
Yes, this is a headline in our press right now….How utterly depressing. These poor children. their poor families.
Like many of you I’m sure, it make me so angry that children are having to go without so much. Toothpaste & toothbrushes are a necessity, not a nice to have, not a luxury.
I mean why shouldn’t everyone have luxuries too but that’s another story.
I have just shed a tear reading in the guardian that teachers lay awake at night worried about the children in there care. I’m married to a teacher, he worries, I worry.
Four out of five – nearly all!!!! UK teachers have given toothbrushes and toothpaste to students. The oral health of children is so important. A lifetime of dental issues due to poverty is not something anyone should have to deal with.
A survey of secondary teachers by hygiene poverty charity, Beauty Banks and the British Dental Association (BDA) has uncovered that 91% of teachers say some children in their schools have NO ACCESS to toothpaste, with 41% saying this leads them to be socially excluded because of poor oral hygiene.
My heart hurts. This should not be happening. It’s 2023!!!
Children are having to deal with halitosis, dental pain, tooth decay gum disease and to top it off, bullying, while they should be learning & having fun with their peers.
This is a national disgrace.
Please write to your MP to ask them why more is not being done for families in poverty, families who are unable to buy toothpaste or toothbrushes.
If you are able, volunteer your time and money with local initiatives that help others – we all need to work collectively to fight what is happening around us.
To radically love each other & lift up those in need. I mean, it’s nearly valentines day so radical love is pretty fitting.
Day after day there is evidence from our wonderful teachers, dentists, doctors, nurses, medical staff & beyond that the cost of living crisis in the UK is impacting more & more people, often children, the most vulnerable in our society – causing major health issues but those in power don’t seem to be listening.
I am but one person, one small business who is also feeling the effects of the cost of living crisis, however, I do what I can. If you follow me regularly via these emails and on social media you will know that I volunteer with the amazing Southend-on-Sea and Westcliff-on-Sea based hygiene and care bank, All Rise Collective, as well as donating toothbrushes to them and other people in need in my local area and beyond.
Anything you can do to help, please do.