Dental Health Programme


“Smile 4 Life” campaign.


Dental decay is a serious problem for young children, with 5 year old children in Lancashire, with Burnley and Rossendale having some of the highest levels of decay in the North West region (Primary Care Trust Data, 2010/11). Over half of 5 year old children in the North West regiom suffer from dental decay.


Regular daily brushing with an appropriate fluoride toothpaste is highly effective in


preventing dental decay. Good oral hygiene practice should be established at an early stage in a child’s life and become an integral part of normal daily hygiene. (Smile for life, 2013). At Nursery to encourage effective dental hygiene practices we have registered on the “Smile 4 Life” programme, which develops our practices in relation to oral health.




The Oral Health champion for the nursery is Jackie Williams, her role is to provide the necessary support to enable all practitioners to set up and maintain oral health activities within their work setting, including the use of fluoride toothpaste free from animal derivatives and also provide expert advice on the correct toothbrushes for children and those with special needs.


It is recognised that the Nursery plays an important role in the development and education of the very young child, during the formative years. The nursery is therfeore the ideal setting within the community to promote and encourage positive health behaviour.


The role and responsibilities of the Oral Health Champion is therefore to promte effective practice through:


Facilitating the provision of affordable fresh fruit and vegetables for children and families through regular healthy food presentations.


Ensuring compliance with all Government and dental health directives, and  to guarantee that research based evidence is utilised.


Promotion of early dental attendance by the time of the eruption of the first tooth.


Facilitate the development of written healthy eating and drinking policies, ensuring they are always kept up-to-date in line with Government and Dental recommendations.


Provide and facilitate tooth friendly cooking time.


Encourage through food tasting sessions, dentally safer foods.


Promote practical suggestions to reduce the frequency with which sugary foods, offered for rewards and celebrations, encourage the use of healthier alternatives.


Support regular tooth brushing programmes, for all children within the nursery.


Provide Tooth brushing Resources as appropriate.


Link with dedicated Health Visitor.


Provide Oral/ Nutrition Health Resource Boxes on Loan.


Promote Health Events.


Provide Oral Health Training sessions for staff and parent helpers.


Promote healthy eating and drinking within the provision


Teaching effective oral hygiene practices


Facilitating early access to preventative dental services


Promoting use of topical fluorides.


Ensure staff are regularly updated on effective dental health practices.


Regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the Dental health champion and amend practice and documentation as required.



As you are aware at Nursery all children attending the provision are therefore encouraged to brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste every day, after meals. We would be grateful if you have not recently provided a toothbrush and toothpaste for your child to bring these items in to Nursery as soon as possible, so that we can continue this good practice. If you are in doubt about your child’s tooth brush, please speak to any member of staff.


This is our protocol for maintaining healthy teeth in Nursery:


Top tips for brushing with your child


· Brush teeth and gums thoroughly twice a day


· Children under 3 years should have no more than a smear of family fluoride toothpaste


· Children between 3 -6 years should use no more than a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste


· Put toothpaste onto a dry brush


· Brush for 2 minutes


· Brush both top and bottom teeth, outside and inside, back and front


· Your child should spit, not rinse after brushing


· Children need help with brushing until they are at least 7 years old


Other tips to care for teeth


- Sugary foods and drinks can damage teeth, keep these to mealtimes only


· In between meals offer healthy snacks and water or milk


· Dental check up’s are important, to find a dentist visit


· Take your child for regular dental visits.




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