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Importance of tooth brushing


It is important to brush your teeth to prevent gum disease. Brushing ensures the removal of plaque, which is the primary cause for tooth decay and gum disease. It also arrests the build-up of any plaque formation. Your daily oral hygiene routine should include a thorough brushing that lasts for two minutes, at least twice each day. brushing teeth can help prevent tooth decay that can lead to dental cavities, which is the formation of holes on the teeth, a condition that can result in a tooth loss. it is good practice to change your tooth brush every 3-4 months.


From brushing their first tooth to their first trip to the dentist, here's how to take care of your children's teeth. A regular teeth-cleaning routine is essential for good dental health. Follow these tips and you can help keep your kids' teeth decay-free. It's important to use a fluoride toothpaste, as this helps prevent and control tooth decay. Start brushing your baby's teeth as soon as the first milk tooth breaks through (usually at around 6 months, but it can be earlier or later). Parents or carers should brush or supervise tooth brushing. Brush last thing at night before bed and on 1 other occasion. Use children's fluoride toothpaste containing no less than 1,000ppm of fluoride (check label) or family toothpaste containing between 1,350ppm and 1,500ppm fluoride.


NHS dental care for children is free. Take your child to the dentist when their first milk teeth appear. This is so they become familiar with the environment and get to know the dentist. The dentist can advise you on how to prevent decay and identify any oral health problems at an early stage. Just opening up the child's mouth for the dentist to take a look at is useful practise for the future.


At Whipperley nursery we have implemented the tooth brushing program by Healthy smiles. Shaheda our designated programme lead who is responsible for the supervised tooth brushing programme within the setting. The tooth brushing programme is carried out three days a week, this is on Monday,  Wednesday and Friday for approximately 2 minutes, each individual child has their own toothbrush. Before the programme is carried out the supervised lead talks about the importance of brushing teeth and demonstrates for children to understand how to brush their teeth. To help encourage children with brushing we use a 2 minute sand timer which allows the children to understand as the sand timer finish the tooth brushing stops. There is a clear guidance which is given by the Healthy Smiles Programme which we follow at the setting.


Below are some links of Luton Dental Clinics to register your children if you  haven't done so...

Here are some of our photos from the Tooth brushing programme...