Supporting oral hygiene is part of the EYFS statutory guidance. Here is some background to why dental hygiene and oral health is so important, and what the outcomes may be if it is neglected:
Tooth decay is one of the most common reasons for hospital admission in children age 5 to9. According to an oral health survey of 5-year-olds in 2017 just under a quarter had tooth decay with, on average, three or four teeth affected. The survey found that 67% of parents reported that their child had been in pain due to dental issues, with 28% reporting that their child had experienced sleepless nights due to dental issues. The majority of tooth decay in children under 6 is untreated.
Tooth decay can lead to pain and distress, sleepless nights, impact on behaviour, a child's relationships, learning and development and lead to time away from setting and school.
There is lots we can do to support good oral health, like reducing the consumption of food and drink containing sugar. Visit the NHS Change4life site for some sugar smart ideas including swaps and tips for reducing sugar. It is important to help young children be aware of what good oral health means, which includes talking about teeth brushing, eating healthily and visiting the dentist. Fun games and activities can help them understand the importance of regular brushing. 4Children Try to make the toothbrushing fun e.g. use of toothbrushing songs / Brush DJ App
Dr Ranj, and Supertooth You tube video: how to care for teeth for children aged 0-3:
Dr Ranj, and Supertooth You Tube video: how to care for teeth for children aged 3-6:
Dr Ranj, and Supertooth You Tube video: how to care for teeth for children aged 7+