Onsite Toothbrushing

Delivering toothbrushing onsite can be a great way to promote this essential daily routine. The earlier we can instil this process, the more likely it is to become a routine for life.

Twice daily toothbrushing will reduce the risk of tooth decay.

Healthy Eating

  • Bottle feeding should be discouraged from 1 year.
  • Sugars should never be added to weaning foods.
  • Promote healthy mealtimes, snacks and drinks.

Here are a few ‘tooth-friendly’ snacks:

  • Raw vegetables
  • Fresh fruit i.e. pieces of banana
  • Tinned fruit (in natural juice) with plain natural yoghurt
  • Pieces of cheese
  • Crackers/Breadsticks
  • Bread products i.e. toast, pitta breads, crumpets, finger sandwiches

Make oral health interesting by trying some of these fun and interactive ideas:

  • Painting with toothbrushes
  • Practice toothbrushing
  • Create your own dental practice/surgery area for children to play in (dressing up outfits, backboards and dental chairs are available for free loan from the Resource Centre)

Try reading one of these story books:

  • Peppa Pig – Dentist Trip
  • Topsy & Tim – Go to the Dentist
  • Usborne First Experiences – Going to the Dentist
  • Sally Hewitt First Experiences – Going to the Dentist
  • Little Princess – I want my tooth
  • DK First steps – Going to the Dentist
  • Tom Barber – Open Wide
  • Charlie & Lola – My wobbly tooth must not ever never fall out

Activities with a child or family

  • You may notice that a child has particularly poor oral health. You can work with the child and family to explain the importance of oral hygiene, regular dental visits (every 6 months for children) and healthy eating.

Promotional campaign (i.e displays)

  • If you have an area in your nursery for information displays the Oral Health Resource Centre has ready-made and DIY displays on an array of topics!

Visit The Resource Centre for free promotional literature