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Selwyn Times: September 13, 2016

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24 Tuesday September 13 2016 News SELWYN TIMES Getting to the root of Canterbury By the time an average Canterbury child turns five, they will have had at least one tooth decayed, extracted or filled. Gabrielle Stuart looked into the problem, and the work local groups are doing to turn it around FOUR-YEAR-OLD Leah Gibbons is proud of her sparkly white teeth. Some of her peers are not so lucky. One in every three children in Christchurch will have problems with their teeth before they start school – a filling needed, or even rotten teeth removed. In the worst cases local dentists have seen, pre-schoolers have had to have all their teeth removed. Some pre-schoolers are already so self-conscious about their teeth, they are afraid to smile. Fizzy and sugary drinks – now often cheaper than buying water – take a share of the blame, as do a lack of regular brushing SMILES: Four-year-old Walnut Tree Preschool children Ayla Kittelty, Tyson Taukiri and Leah Gibbons have been to their dental check-ups – but many of their peers have missed out. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER or missed dental appointments which could have caught problems early. But missing appointments did not mean someone was a bad parent, CDHB community and public health advisory committee member Rochelle Faimalo said. “A lot of the hubs are open during school hours, which makes it very hard for working parents,” she said. As a busy parent, it was easy to lose track of when children were due for check-ups, she said. Part of the problem is families falling through the cracks in the dental system. Pre-schoolers are supposed to have free dental check-ups each year, when they are two, three and four, and then when they start school. BY THE NUMBERS: •One in every three Canterbury children will have problems with their teeth, from cavities to extractions, by the time they start school •The average Canterbury pre-schooler will have problems with one tooth, a Māori child two teeth, and a Pasifika child three •One in every six preschoolers had their dental enrolments cancelled because their family could not be contacted – 1184 children in total. •The CDHB aims to have 95 per cent of preschoolers enrolled in dental services. Last year just 61 per cent were, a drop from 69 per cent in 2014 Under the current system, families are called three times within the space of a month to remind them of a check-up. But if they don’t respond or can’t be reached within that time, they are cut from the system. Behind the Green Door Ooh La La Hairdressing Rolleston’s newest hairdressing salon is a boutique establishment tucked behind the lime green door on Dunns Crossing Road. Experienced senior stylist Amber Meyerhoff decided the best way to work was from home, so has turned one of her rooms into a stunning salon with glamorous touches to ensure her clients feel like they are being treated while she works her magic. She offers all hairdressing services for women, men and children including cuts, colours, perms, blow waves and hair-ups. The hospitality even extends to a cider or beer, coffee or tea as part of the experience. Because of her handy location and lack of commute time, Amber is happy to work late nights for her clients. All hairdressing services are by appointment only but she says give her a call and she will try her upmost to fit clients in – even last minute ones. Her product range is the Keune So Pure range made from 100% pure plant extracts and is free from parabens, sulphates and ammonia. So whether you want to just have a trim or are looking for a whole new makeover, give Amber a call at Ooh La La Hairdressing. Open Monday to Saturday by appointment Eftpos available – credit cards accepted 336 Dunns Crossing Road, Rolleston Situated opposite West Rolleston Primary School Phone: 027 232 6237

SELWYN TIMES Tuesday September 13 2016 25 children’s tooth decay Then unless the family approaches a dentist, the child may completely miss out on check-ups until they start school. In Canterbury, one in every six pre-schoolers had their enrolment in the programme cancelled. That was even worse for Māori or Pasifika children. One in every four pre-schoolers who identified as Māori had their enrolment cancelled, and almost half of Pasifika children. CDHB health board member Jo Kane said the numbers showed the system had been “an epic fail in many areas”. “This model has been around for a long time, and I think it is time now to ask has it made a difference?” she said. The children’s enrolments are being cancelled even though other departments within the CDHB often have up-to-date contact information for those families. Planning and funding project specialist Bridget Lester said they were not allowed to share it between departments, because of privacy laws. That could change next year, Oral health concerns for Maori and Pasifika children IF THE dental problems for the average child are bad, the problem for Māori and Pasifika children are dire. The average Māori five-yearold will have had problems with at least two teeth, and the average Pasifika child three. That compares with one tooth, on average, for children of other ethnicities. Dallas Hibbs, chief executive as a new “opt out” system is rolled out. Under the new system, families will register their children at birth with a range of health providers, and give permission to have their contact information shared within the services, unless they opt out. Community Dental Service clinical director Martin Lee (above) said it could make a big difference. “I would be very disappointed of community health provider He Waka Tapu, supported the idea of an opt-out system. He said that needed to start when children enrolled in early childhood education. “Given the ongoing costs to the health system of poor oral health, and the personal costs to individuals with poor oral health – the status quo should not be option,” he said. if we did not see significant changes within two years,” he said. But it will only catch children born or signed up after it is rolled out. In the meantime, hundreds of children could still miss out. Fluoridation has also been raised as an option to try to improve pre-schoolers’ teeth. New legislation which would give district health boards rather than councils the power to decide if water will be fluoridated will come into force in 2018. COZY CATS ON ELLESMERE Cattery • Small cattery, quality not quantity • Large warm spacious individual units • Outdoor enclosures • Lots of cuddles • Located 5 minutes from Lincoln, Prebbleton, Halswell, Tai Tapu and Greenpark Please contact Jan or Tony 322 6245 or 021 203 4710 Email: ton.jan@xtra.co.nz - Ellesmere Rd Ladbrooks, Chch Proud installers of Get a Mitsubishi Electric EF42 White 5.4kW Heat Pump including FREE installation* for just $2,399* *includes cost of back to back install only, conditions apply Phone 0800 324 678 Call now for a free quote 5 Warning Signs of Spinal Stress! A healthy spine is vital to your wellbeing. Specialist spinal therapy at Southern Chiropractic consists of: • Manual manipulative therapy • Soft tissue Massage • Low level Laser therapy • Exercise and postural education André Grob, Dr of Chiropractic, has had over 10 years experience of specialty spinal care in Australia and New Zealand. FOR BETTER SPINAL HEALTH ACT NOW…. RING 322-1432 Southern Chiropractic Ltd 290 Halswell Road • Halswell • Christchurch 8025 Telephone 322 1432 www.southernchiropractic.co.nz email Dr.Grob@southernchiropractic.co.nz ● ● ● ● SCIATIC PAIN HEADACHES NECK PAIN AND TENSION MID BACK PAIN AND TENSION LOW BACK PAIN