Supervised Tooth Brushing Programme

The Supervised Tooth brushing programme is a tooth brushing activity which takes place daily in many schools and nurseries across Hull, Sunderland & York.

The programme is an innovative and award winning oral health initiative aimed at reducing the prevalence of tooth decay by increasing exposure to fluoride for children.

It is well recognised that oral health is an important part of general health and wellbeing. Whilst there have been improvements in the oral health of children in England, significant inequalities remain.

Brushing Your Child’s Teeth

It is important to care for your child’s teeth as poor oral health can affect the teeth and gum. The deciduous (baby) teeth act as a guide for the adult teeth so they need to be looked after to ensure they are not lost early as this can cause the adult teeth to be crooked.

Oral Health Advice 7+

At this age, your child will start to lose some of their baby teeth and the permanent teeth (adult) teeth will begin to erupt. The first teeth to come through are usually the front teeth and the first molar tooth (at the back). Most of the adult teeth should have come through by the time your child is 12-14, with the wisdom teeth erupting from the age of 17-21 years. If all the teeth are present, adults will have 32 teeth in total.

From this age, children should now have enough dexterity to brush their teeth effectively. This can be with a manual or electric toothbrush but should be for two minutes, twice a day, using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing 1,350-1,500ppm fluoride. Spit don’t rinse after brushing to keep some of the fluoride on the teeth.

Children should be visiting the dentist regularly (every six months or at least once a year).