Oral Health Week

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Did you know that tooth decay costs the NHS more than £40 million per year and tooth extraction is the most common cause of hospital admission in young children. Every 10 minutes a child in England has a tooth removed in hospital, the majority of these extractions could have been preventable.

On average children are having over 2 times more sugar than they should.

There is no guideline limit for children under the age of 4, but it is recommended that they avoid any sugar-sweetened drinks and food with sugar added to it.

The Food Scanner app from Change4Life can help you check how much sugar you or your child is having. Using your smartphone, the app can scan the barcode on food packets to find out exactly how much sugar is in it. Get it on the App Store and Google Play.

At PAWS preschool we have been thinking a lot about our teeth and how to keep them healthy:

  • Brushing our teeth at least twice per day; once before bed and at least one other time during the day (children under 7 should have an adult help them brush their teeth, children under 4 should use a smear of fluoride tooth paste and older children and adults should use a pea sized amount)
  • Regular visit to the dentist (children should be registered with a dentist as soon as their first teeth begin to show)
  • Avoid/limit sugary foods and drinks
  • Only water to drink at bedtime and during the night

During oral health week our preschool children have been practicing brushing a giant set of teeth, reading books about going to the dentist and lots of other fun activities to help us to think about how to keep our teeth healthy. To support our children with this our staff team have signed up to become Oral Health Champions undertaking 12 training sessions throughout the year all about oral health. If you have any questions about your child’s teeth or tips on how to reduce the amount of sugar in your families diet please get in touch.

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