Help Give a Healthy Smile to children in some of our most deprived communities.

Tooth decay is almost entirely preventable, yet NHS figures reveal that, in England alone, almost 42,911 children were admitted to hospital for a general anaesthetic to remove teeth unable to be saved – that is 170 children every day!

  • Tooth decay is the single largest reason why children aged between five and nine are admitted to hospital.
  • Even today, in the UK, there are households where children do not own a toothbrush and do not know how to brush their teeth, sometimes we encounter children as old as five who have never brushed their teeth.
  • Sadly, the end result is that children find themselves in pain through severe dental decay and require extensive treatment, including removing of multiple teeth under a general anaesthetic.

What it will fund

It costs £10 to fund a year-long programme of daily supervised tooth brushing and toothbrushing kit to help a child gain good oral health habits that last a lifetime. Through supporting our Give a Healthy Smile appeal, we can buy more toothbrushes and fund more toothbrushing programmes in pre-school nurseries and primary schools.

This basic but vital work receives little or no state funding and helps to give children a better start in life.

‘Healthy Smile’ Carlton Road Academy, Boston, Lincolnshire

How you can help

Please help CDS fund more supervised toothbrushing for children in greatest need.

£1000 enables us to deliver supervised toothbrushing for 100 young children in greatest need for a year

£500 will fund two sessions to train groups of up to 20 teachers and early years workers to deliver and maintain supervised tooth brushing teaching programmes with their pupils or to deliver supervised tooth brushing for 50 young children in greatest need for a year

£250 will fund one session to train groups of up to 20 teachers and early years workers to deliver and maintain supervised tooth brushing teaching programmes with their pupils or supervised toothbrushing for 25 children for a year

£100 enables us to deliver supervised toothbrushing for 10 young children in greatest need for a year

How to donate

There are two ways to donate, either via our crowdfunding site or if you prefer to donate via bank transfer, please email us at healthy-smile@cds-cic.co.uk for more details.