Children and teenagers

Dental caries/dental decay

Brush DJ is an award-winning, free toothbrush timer app that plays 2 minutes of music taken from the user’s device to encourage brushing for an effective length of time.

There are some great toothbrushing timer videos on YouTube, below is an example of one of them. The child is encouraged to brush for two minutes to remove the bubbles and reveal their favourite character.

The British Society of Paediatric Dentistry have produced three child friendly videos to promote toothbrushing and prevention for children and young people.

Dr Ranj– NHS doctor, TV presenter, author and celebrity contestant on “Strictly Come Dancing”stars in these videos with his sidekick Supertooth – the voice of actor Gemma Oaten who rose to fame in TV soap Emmerdale. They guide children in different age categories on how to brush teeth. The videos combine live action with computer animation. The aim is to give dental teams resources to share with parents and carers to inspire them to keep children’s teeth healthy. Particularly at this difficult time where access to dental care is limited.

The videos are discussing getting a dental check by one, as well as being aimed at parents of children aged 0-3, 3-6 and 7+, you can see them below:





As well as Dr Ranj, we also have The Singing Dentist talking all things oral health! Dr Milad Shadrooh creates parodies of well known songs to educate and inform the public about important aspects of oral health, making the task of discussing and delivering mouthcare more fun! You can see some examples below:




Pregnant mothers, nursing mothers and babies

Oral health while pregnant

Breastfeeding and dental health

Nursing mothers

Maintaining the oral health of babies

Women’s oral health during pregnancy – infogram

Oral health and pregnancy frequently asked questions

Oral health and pregnancy guidelines 

How to use interdental brushes

Information about breastfeeding and dental health produced by Public Health England can be found here:

Oral health conditions

Gum disease

Toothbrushing instruction

How to use disclosing tablets

Dental caries/dental decay

Oral health and general health

Xerostomia (dry mouth)

Erosion and tooth surface loss

Jaw/TMJ problems

Denture hygiene advice

Oral cancer

Dysphagia/nil by mouth

Oral health podcasts

As part of National Smile Month the Oral Health Foundation have created a series of oral health podcasts. This mini-series consists of three podcasts that delve into different hot topics in the world of oral health.

In these podcasts, the Oral Health Foundation President, Dr Ben Atkins is joined by Dr Nigel Carter, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, and Dr Saoirse O’Toole, a Clinical Lecturer at King’s College London discuss healthy gums, diet and dental erosion.

You can download, listen and share these podcasts by clicking on the links below:

Episode 1 – Healthy gums

Episode 2 – Diet and your teeth

Episode 3 – Dental erosion

Last updated: June 2, 2023