Report examining the experiences of dental visits by primary school age pupils in Barnsley

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Barnsley engaged with five primary schools in the area and led a 45-minute session, to highlight the importance of dental hygiene and find out how much young people knew about looking after their teeth. They also asked children and young people about their experiences of visiting their dental practice.

The report found that 89% of young people knew how many times a day they should brush their teeth but 73% did not know how long they should brush their teeth for. Following the session, there was an increase in the number of young people giving correct responses to questions related to the number of times they should brush their teeth a day, how long they should brush for, how often they should visit the dentist and what was fluoride varnish. Three-fourth had visited the dentist in the past 6 months for regular check-ups and only 5 had never been to one. More children were unaware of the superheroes campaign, which was a Public Health initiative to encourage young children to take care of their teeth in the right way.

The report recommended for dentists to explain to young people what fluoride varnish was and how it helped protect the teeth at every application to refresh their knowledge. It also highlighted that as the superheroes campaign was not well known by the children and young people, an audit of where the posters and promotional materials were in the dental surgery would be useful.

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General details

Report title 
Report examining the experiences of dental visits by primary school age pupils in Barnsley
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Barnsley
Date of publication 
Wednesday, 24 May, 2017
Date evidence capture began 
Tuesday, 1 March, 2016
Date evidence capture finished 
Saturday, 30 April, 2016
Type of report 
Key themes 
Health inequalities
Health promotion
Information providing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
Primary research method used 
How was the information collected? 
Engagement Event
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
Dentist (non-hospital)
Secondary care services 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
1-15 years
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
What type of impact was determined? 
Tangible impact (not cost related)

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.