A recent visit to Brushlink at Dental Beauty, based in Swanley helped Michael to learn more about their innovative new design which seeks to improve dental hygiene.
The device, which clips on to the end of a toothbrush, and is linked to an app on your phone, ‘gamifies’ the way people brush their teeth, setting targets for improvement and offering scores. It has already achieved success amongst school children, who enjoy the competition, and elderly people in care homes, who sometimes forget to brush. It is hoped that the initiative will be rolled out across the rest of the UK.
Sir Michael said: “Brushlink is another fantastic example of the innovation and entrepreneurial flair that is abundant in my constituency. What sets Brushlink apart is the combination of innovation and dental expertise, meaning they are years ahead of other would be developers. I have recommended that the Department for Health and Social Care meet Brushlink, and I look forward to hearing more about their success in the future.”
Michael has supported the new Digital Sunset Challenge today, saying that children should “learn to switch off sometimes”.
The Digital Sunset Challenge was created by two local mums, Anna Firth and Linden Kemkaran, who want to encourage children to turn off their electronic devices at night and practice good digital habits.
Recent research by the Children’s Commissioner suggests that a growing number of under 13’s are using social media with 3 in 4 children aged 10-12 having their own accounts. However, many parents struggle to divert their children’s attention away from the online world and back into the real world.
The county-wide Challenge was launched today with the Sevenoaks MP and the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid MP, at Sevenoaks Primary School.
Michael joined local campaigners in calling on the Government to make the Digital Sunset Challenge a regular part of the transition PSHE for year 6 primary aged children by the end of the parliament.
He said: “Technology is a crucial part of daily life, but we should never be beholden to it. Children need support in understanding how to regulate their use of pocket devices – it’s important that they learn to ‘switch off’ sometimes.”