A NEW team has been set up in Grimethope to help tackle the poor dental hygiene of children in Barnsley.

Oral health improvement workers have been drafted in as part of a pilot scheme aimed at improving dental care in those under five - it comes after statistics show 58 per cent of five-year-olds have dental decay, compared to a national average of 40 per cent.

Experts claim part of the problem is that there isn't many children who go to see a dentist in Barnsley and that teeth are more at risk here as there is no flouride in Barnsley's drinking water.

Spokesman Jillian O‘Brien said: "Our team is on hand to make people aware of the importance of keeping their teeth clean. It is vital that we work in partnership with local groups such as school and community health visitors to ensure they can reinforce the message to children and their families."