After a weekend dedicated to the cocoa-based gods
of gluttony and greed, redemption is at hand with today’s
Lewes Castle event. The session concentrates on bones and
teeth, and promises a range of activities with ‘a bite’
for children aged two to five to ‘get their teeth into’.
If these include encouraging kids to look after their teeth
better, that will go down well with the UK’s Chief Dental
Officers. In a joint statement in May 2005 they said “Good
oral health is a fundamental element of general good health”,
and vowed to find ways to improve a situation where, despite
major improvements in the standard of dental care, many children
are still not having treatment, their parents put off by the
cost. This has lead to the unacceptable position where the
majority of UK children are still affected by dental decay.
The quality of bones is of course equally important for a
good life; as well as providing the structure enabling us
to walk, they also act as mineral banks, storing nutrients
like calcium and magnesium for the body to call on in times
of need. And interestingly, the 270 we are born with fuse
down to 206 by adulthood.
It’s unlikely that much of this information will be
passed on during today’s talk. We do however expect
that they will get a tour of the excellent castle museum and
the chance to draw a skeleton and a set of teeth or two. NW