In Professional Settings
Health education is a statutory requirement in settings 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.
Settings 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 settings can fill the knowledge gap for young people using the resources available.
Some children and young people in your setting 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 setting's safeguarding policies should be followed.
Oral Health Foundation
Resources for use in schools:
Key stage 1 oral health
Key stage 2 oral health
Lesson plans on healthy teeth
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