Emergency dentistry prevention scheme rolled out in Wales
A scheme designed to prevent a future need for emergency dentistry has been rolled out in schools across Wales.
Designed to Smile will be presented to 30,000 pupils in a bid to improve children's oral health, teach them how to brush their teeth effectively and halt the threat of decay.
Free toothbrushes and toothpaste will also be distributed to get youngsters into the habit of regular cleaning and polishing.
Health minister Edwina Hart told the Western Mail: "By targeting these children, Designed to Smile will deliver a range of preventative care interventions for children in schools and nurseries to help reduce the risk of dental decay."
This comes after research from the Office for National Statistics published last month showed that emergency dentistry may be more common in Wales than in the rest of the UK, as one in ten people in the country have no natural teeth.
Some 20 per cent reported that they cannot eat comfortably because they have dental problems.