Susan Lawrence and Shrewsbury nursery are taking part in the Supervised Tooth Brushing programme which supports children in their setting on a daily basis to brush their teeth for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste. Following training and support from the Dental Wellness Trust the nursery are successfully supporting children and families to learn the importance of looking after their teeth.
The nursery recognise the importance of supporting children to look after their smiles and reduce their risk of developing dental caries. Dental decay is largely preventable yet a quarter (25%) of 5 year olds have experienced tooth decay, having on average 3 or 4 teeth affected. Our nurseries want to ensure all children are not at risk of developing dental decay. The nursery have used their knowledge from attending the early start nutrition training to communicate messages on healthy drinks and snacks to children. They provide advice to parents on when to visit the dentist (as soon as the first tooth comes through) to ensure children have their teeth checked on a regular basis (every six months).
Staff have been extremely positive in delivering the programme and children look forward to brushing their teeth every day. Parents have reported that children now brush their teeth at home when previously they didn’t.
If you are interested in delivering the Supervised Tooth Brushing programme you can contact the team today. You can also learn more about the importance of good oral health by booking on our Oral Health Promotion Training.