Section 6: Day-to-day delivery of your toothbrushing sessions

6.1 Process

Having set up the toothbrushing sessions  in the location of your choice, they can then proceed. Good planning makes for easy delivery please see the table opposite for a daily method of a supervised toothbrushing session.

In this table, the sequence of activity for delivery of the toothbrushing activity is described, starting with setting up the trolley and completing the process with the related administration. Delivery time with the children has been reported in other national toothbrushing initiatives as about twelve minutes, with additional time for setting up and record-keeping.

The table also highlights the various technical considerations that, when carried out according to health and safety policies, minimises the risk of cross-contamination.

Timing of the toothbrushing session is flexible at any time to suit the school day, however whilst it may be tempting to deliver it immediately following lunch, in practice brushing is not generally recommended soon following consumption of acidic foods or drinks due to dental erosion or abrasion.

This daily process only forms one part of the total daily routine that children should establish to look after their oral health – remind children that brushing should occur at least twice each day, including at bedtime and in the morning.

Delivering a supervised toothbrushing session


key-point1Key point 1: Supervising children’s toothbrushing

Consented children require careful supervision to ensure that toothbrushing occurs hygienically in a controlled environment

key-point2Key point 2: Demonstrating accurate toothbrushing technique

TiD Coordinators do not brush children’s teeth for them. Rather, Coordinators use the model to demonstrate how the children brush teeth accurately and fully

key-point3Key point 3: Time

Sufficient toothbrushing is important – two minutes can seem like a long time to brush


Key point 4: Sustained intensive cleanliness

Cleanliness is key to the safe delivery of toothbrushing sessions – clean before, during and after a session using the provided cleaning materials


key-point5Key point 5: Record keeping

Only consented children may participate in toothbrushing. All staff to be aware of current consent

Daily register to be kept of participants.


6.2 Health and Safety Matters

We continue to emphasise that health and safety considerations are core to successful delivery of the toothbrushing sessions. This table summarises the main aspects of day-to-day and longer term good hygiene practice. Good record keeping of daily and weekly cleaning and of equipment maintenance is essential (see Appendix for daily and weekly cleaning record templates on pages 20 and 21).

Health and safety – good practice guidelines

How to control risks of cross-contamination and maintain good cleaning procedures


Last updated: September 11, 2015

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