It is really important at this stage to make oral health factual and how it relates to society.

Lifestyle choices play a key role in oral health, therefore, topics should include smoking and alcohol awareness. In addition dental trauma through contact sports can be a risk.

Children should be cleaning their teeth for 2 minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Adults should motivate. Fluoride protects the teeth from bacteria.

Fluoride Varnish and Fissure Sealants are available free from an NHS dentist and should be encouraged. It is important that you encourage parents to take their children to the dentist at this age to prevent treatment and encourage preventive dentistry.

Encourage the use of sugar-free medicines.

Water and milk are the best drinks for teeth. Keep sugary drinks to mealtimes only. Dietary choices are linked to erosion, obesity, cancer and diabetes.

Sweets and sugary snacks should be kept to mealtimes only.