King’s College Hospital Special Care Dental service.
Both the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England (PHE) have recommended the commissioning of supervised toothbrushing schemes in targeted early years’ settings.
Under these schemes, children are encouraged to participate in daily supervised toothbrushing with family fluoride toothpaste.
The training is for practitioners working at childcare settings that are located within the four LEAP wards.
This training supports practitioners in childcare settings to implement supervised toothbrushing in their settings.
Children in deprived areas are at greater risk of poor oral health and the LEAP wards have a high number of deprived areas. By establishing supervised toothbrushing schemes in early years settings, we hope to directly improve children’s oral health and to influence children’s toothbrushing routine in the home environment.
The training provides basic evidence-based messages on oral health to enable the staff to confidently answer questions that parents/carers may have about the programme. We will review supporting documentation and discuss how supervised toothbrushing works in practice.
Settings are being offered the initial training and on-going support on a rolling basis.