Frequently asked questions

QHow do I clean the toothbrushes?

Rinse under the cold running tap, ensuring all the toothpaste is removed.
Keep brushes separate at all times, whether for cleaning or storage. Don’t
be tempted to put all the session’s toothbrushes into the sink together for

QIs rinsing the toothbrushes enough?

Yes, rinsing the brush is sufficient cleaning as only one child uses each one –
cross-infection is not likely.

QHow do I remove toothpaste that has hardened on the bristles?

Rinse the brush under warm water to loosen the toothpaste and then rinse in
cold water.

QShould rinsed brushes be drained or wiped before going back in the trolley storage containers?

Following individual rinsing, leave toothbrushes to drip dry to avoid crossinfection.

QHow can I prevent the names rubbing off brushes?

Avoid immersing brushes into water.

Use a permanent ink or CD pen to write children’s names on the brushes.
Apply sellotape over the name. Some brushes have number identifiers etched
on, which also match the etchings on the storage containers.

QHow do I clean the trolleys?

Clean the trolleys once a week with soapy water. See the guidance here

QWhat do I do if a child has bleeding gums?

Follow the same policy that you would use to discard any bloody tissues following nose bleeds.

QIs there a risk of increased illness in those involved in
the tooth brushing sessions?

Providing staff fully follow the health and safety guidance about delivering
the tooth brushing programme there should be no opportunity for cross-infection.

Last updated: September 11, 2015

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