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Oral health in early years settings

Public Health England have published a toolkit to support supervised toothbrushing programmes within early years settings and schools. The aim of this is to support oral hygiene awareness in children aged 2 - 4 years old to ensure that children are ready for school. 

Tooth decay is the most common oral disease affecting children and young people in England, yet it is largely preventable. Whilst children’s oral health has improved over the past 20 years, recent reports have found that almost a quarter (24.7%, 2015) of 5 year olds and 12% of 3 year olds had tooth decay (2014). 

A study, undertaken by 4Children, looked at how this programme might run in early years settings and wiht childminders. The study found that the programme was easily deliverable and that most children were less reluctant to brush their teeth at home by the end of the programme. 

The supervised toothbrushing programme is being used by local authorities around England, to promote a strong understanding of healthy oral care. 

You can read the research and download the toolkit from Public Health England.