Esther Halalilo (4, left) and Manusiu Pole (3) take a big toothbrush to one of the Harbour Mouth Molars in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
A group of preschoolers brushed up their teeth-cleaning
skills on one of the Harbour Mouth Molars in Dunedin
Punavai o le Atamai pupils took to one of the large molars
with a giant toothbrush to celebrate the success of the oral
health programme at the preschool.
Head teacher Lisa Seuseu said the preschool started the
programme last year and its success led to its continuation
''The children love it,'' she said.
Southern District Health Board oral health promotion adviser
Robyn Hammond said the programme had led to ''basically
100%'' of the children from the preschool being enrolled in
the DHB's community oral health service.
Maori and Pacific children were ''at-risk groups'' in terms
of oral health and the work of the preschool had helped
alleviate that issue, she said.
Mrs Seuseu said the programme had provided ''huge benefits''
to the children and their families, who had also bought into
The children brushed their teeth at preschool after lunch and
were taught about good oral health habits.
When asked about the programme, preschooler Harry Nai (4)
gave two thumbs up.