Oral health is an integral part of overall health, but often it is not considered, or it only becomes important when something goes wrong. Oral health is important for smiling, eating, talking and socialising. Loss of oral health can also contribute to heart disease and complications with diabetes. The two most common dental problems are with our gums or with tooth decay.
Tooth decay is the most common oral disease affecting children in England and about 90% of it is preventable. The most common reason for children’s hospital admissions in 2012-13 was tooth decay.
The government has made protection of oral health a high priority, aiming to prevent the development of oral disease that can bring pain and unnecessary suffering to children and adults alike. The Department of Health has placed responsibility for the oral health of the population with local authorities. In our area the responsibility is with the Public Health Department of Devon County Council (DCC).
The main initiative to promote good oral health is to introduce a targeted, funded programme of supervised daily tooth brushing for children up to 5 years old in Devon. This programme will cover schools and early years’ settings. This two year early intervention and protection scheme complements Devon’s Oral Health Strategy.
This guidance offers a protocol for all staff involved in the local planning, delivery and evaluation of the supervised tooth brushing programme.
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