Children in the Lothian area of Scotland are to be encouraged to have a dental treatment to prevent decay.
The Childsmile initiative has the support of 150 dentists in the area and aims to paint the teeth of children under the age of five with a special fluoride varnish in order to prevent decay, the BBC reported.
Ian Fenny, a dentist working in Edinburgh, told the BBC: "Bringing Childsmile into general dental practice is an important link in ensuring every child in Lothian from birth to school is not allowed to fall through the net of not being provided with any form of dental health education or preventative treatment.
"It will hopefully remove preconceived views that many parents have of dentists' surgeries; fears that are often relayed to the child."
Every six months the solution will be applied to the children's milk teeth, while regular check-ups will help to monitor their oral health in general.
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