A ‘summer of smiles’ is about to take place in dental clinics in the Western Isles as Childsmile returns to the Hebrides.

'Childsmile Weeks' are being held between 3rd-29th July on Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra. Children will be encouraged to visit dentists and dental care professionals, starting off with the Western Isles Dental Centre and Barra Dental Clinic.

‘Childsmile Weeks’ have become a firm tradition in the summer with appointments specifically for kids where they have the opportunity to get their teeth checked and enjoy the fun in the brightly decorated dental clinics.

Children can also participate in games, dress up as a dentist or tooth fairy and enter competitions, whilst learning about the key messages of maintaining good oral health.

Reception areas will be transformed with toys and games to play with. Every day there will be prizes which include electric toothbrushes and toys, with every child receiving a goody bag.

Colin Robertson, NHS Western Isles Interim Chief Administrative Dental Officer, said: “Children from all over the islands regularly attend and enjoy our summer ‘Childsmile Weeks'.

"There are many challenges in the dental care of young children and this preventative approach has proved enormously successful in the Western Isles.

"Staff throughout all the Western Isles dental clinics have worked hard to carry out toothbrushing, fluoride varnishing and oral health interventions."

He said there has been a measured decrease in cases of decay in children, with the Western Isles amongst the lowest rates of decay in Scotland – well below the national average.

"This success demonstrates the hard work of the dental teams, schools, nurseries, and parents throughout the islands, and we look forward to another successful Childsmile Summer!"

Parents are encouraged to book an appointment for their child during their local 'Childsmile Week', being held as follows:

Week commencing:

3rd July - Stornoway Dental Centre - 01851 707500
3rd July - Barra Dental Clinic - 01871 810400
10th July - Tarbert Dental Clinic - 01859 504100
10th July - Lochmaddy Dental Clinic - 01876 500242
17th and 24th July - Liniclate Dental Clinic - 01870 602178