Oral health is now included in the EYFS framework because good oral health habits need to be formed from the earliest age. Tooth decay is largely preventable, but it’s still a serious problem among young children.
Promoting oral health
At St Mary's we link oral health to things we already promote, like self-care, healthy eating and physical development.
We find different ways to support children in their learning such as:
Suggesting they brush the teeth of dolls or soft toys
Reading stories about teeth and smiles
Talking about healthy food and drinks that help to grow strong teeth, and those that do not
Let them look at their own and each other’s teeth, using mirrors
Give out toothbrushes and toothpaste
Practise cleaning teeth in school
Give parents and carers knowledge and practical advice to support oral health at home.