Fighting tooth decay in Cornwall's fishing communities

The Seafarers Hospital Society is trying to tackle poor dental health among fishing families with a five-year project at Newlyn Primary School in Cornwall, which aims to prevent tooth decay.

It says people who work at sea often find it hard to make and keep dental appointments - something that filters throughout their families.

The project in Newlyn is aimed at children aged between five and nine.

It includes a daily toothbrushing club at the school through the Brighter Smiles Oral Health project.

Nurse Jo Trevelyan helped set it up:

Fishing communities like Newlyn are harder to reach for dental hygiene experts, the Brighter Smiles projectsays. Credit: ITV West Country

Joy Callender from Brighter Smiles Project says poor dental health is a common problem in fishing ports like Newlyn.

The idea of this project is to try and prevent tooth decay from an early age - recognising the impact that dental hygiene has on health and wellbeing in the hope these children will keep up their good habits in adulthood.