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Oral Health

In England almost one in four children has evidence of tooth decay.

  • Each affected child will have on average 3 to 4 teeth requiring treatment.
  • Children from the most deprived areas can suffer double this level 9 out of 10 hospital tooth extractions among children aged 0 to 5 years could have been prevented.
  • These children are likely to experience pain, infections and trouble eating and sleeping. They may well miss school as a result.

For those schools supporting children and young people with additional needs and disabilities it is worth noting they may face additional challenges in maintaining oral health.

For example 80% of adults with Down’s Syndrome have unhealthy teeth and gums. Practices established in childhood will significantly impact their wider health and wellbeing in adulthood.

Promotion of good oral health from health services, and from schools can support children and young people to care for their teeth and avoid painful dental problems.

 

  • From September 2020 health education will become a statutory requirement in schools and this should include oral health.

    Around a third of children do not attend a dentist and so it is difficult for key messages on oral health to be shared. (Find an NHS Dentist *here*)

    School can play a key role in educating children and young people to avoid foods and drinks that exacerbate tooth decay. Limiting access to sugary foods & drinks in canteens, vending machines and tuck shops is one way of supporting children to make good decisions

    Children and young people need to understand the importance of good oral hygiene habits and techniques and schools can fill the knowledge gap for pupils using the resources available (see below).

    Some children and young people in your school may clearly have poor dental health. If parents and carers are not supporting them to access care for this it may be part of a wider picture of neglect and the school’s safeguarding policies should be followed.

     

  • Oral Health Foundation –resources for use in schools:

    Key stage 1 oral health

    Key stage 2 oral health

    Change4Life lesson plans on healthy teeth:

    'All Our Health' free, bite-sized e-learning sessions (Public Health England) - to improve the knowledge, confidence and skills of health and care professionals in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing.

    The sessions cover some of the biggest issues in public health including;

    • Childhood obesity 
    • Pollution
    • Alcohol misuse
    • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

    They contain signposting to trusted sources of helpful evidence, guidance and support to help professionals embed prevention in their everyday practice.

     

     

How Can We Help?

Just One Number Call to speak to a health professional by phoning 0300 300 0123. They will be able to provide initial advice and support and guide next steps with us or signpost you to other more relevant agencies and professionals. It is available 08.00 to 18.00 Monday to Friday and 09.00 to 13.00 on Saturdays.

Referrals for support are made by contacting Just One Number on 0300 300 0123. Please make sure you have the consent of the parent and / or young person before you make a referral to us. You do not need to fill out any paperwork prior to this call.

Referrals are made via the telephone to enable us to have an informative conversation with you at the point of referral so we can ensure we have all the required information for early triage and assessment of the child, young person or family. This will ensure the referral gets managed by the appropriate team in a more timely way or we can signpost you to a more appropriate service.

ChatHealth Children and Young people can access us through our text messaging service on 07480635060. They will be able to discuss any health concerns with one of our Practitioners and also be able to request an appointment if they would prefer to meet with us.

Parent Line Parents can access our services by texting our number 07520631590 . This allows them to access the advice and support from a clinician about any health issues affecting their children aged 0-19.

Just One Norfolk Health Passport app Young people age 16-19 can download this app on Apple or Android phones. It provides young people age 16-19 with general health information and advice to increase health literacy. It signposts to services and promotes self care. It aims to increase resilience and wellbeing and to find out how to access health services.

Health Unlocked Parents can be signposted to this. It is a carefully monitored online community forum which allows local parents and carers to talk with each other regarding issues affecting their children. This can be accessed through our Just One Norfolk website.

Solihull Parenting Online For our Norfolk parents there is the opportunity to access this free of charge through Just One Norfolk. It supports parents in understanding their children from 0-19 via 4 modules. Staff working with children and families will also benefit from this – or they can book to do the two day Solihull Training provided by our service by contacting karin.bibby@nhs.net. While COVID-19 restrictions are in place please contact Karin Bibby to register your interest in virtual training as this becomes available.

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