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Tooth Brushing Lessons To Be Introduced To Children In Childcare

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Tooth Brushing Lessons To Be Introduced To Children In Childcare

Early childhood services and school within NSW, will run supervised tooth brushing classes to battle high tooth decay.

More than half of children have decay in their baby teeth and 48 percent of 12-year-olds in their permanent teeth.

The NSW State's Health Department has announced their first action to help areas that are without fluoride. The program will also help children to understand the best method and frequency for brushing.

Regions that are at a high risk of dental disease or don't have access to fluoridated water will run the programs aimed at introducing oral health care into their daily routine.

The programs will target high-risk groups such as rural and remote communities, Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders and low-income earners.

Fluoride toothpaste and toothbrushes will be handed out to the areas and teachers will be trained in the correct way to brush teeth.

According to the Australian Dental Association, children should be encouraged to brush their teeth twice a day, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste, for at least two minutes at a time.

Children should also have a healthy and balanced diet of fresh foods such as vegetables, cheese and lean meats, minimal high-sugar foods such as biscuits and muesli bars, and fluoridated tap water, develop strong teeth.

References:
Tooth Brushing Lessons Places In NSW Schools, Daily Mail, March 13th, 2018.
Kids Dental Hygiene, Australian Dental Association

 

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