GLENROY Public School pupils couldn’t have been in better hands to learn all about dental hygiene yesterday.
Dr Brushwell, Carevan’s dental program mascot kicked off the first of four visits to the school over two years, providing fluoride varnishing and oral health education for all pupils.
The Sun Smiles program found 14 per cent of children required urgent care when it started at Wodonga West Primary School last year. It also found 89 per cent of children had never received a fluoride varnish treatment.
Carevan chief Jodie Tiernan said a $10,000 donation from Albury Rotary Club had funded the program that involves volunteer students from Charles Sturt University providing the fluoride treatments and dental screening.
“I went to school at Glenroy, so it was important for me to give back to the community where I grew up,” she said.
Ms Tiernan said Carevan was confident regular fluoride treatments would reduce tooth decay by at least a third.
She said Carevan hoped to take the program to more schools.