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National Smile Month

Monday 14 May to Thursday 14 June is National Smile Month.

Dental decay is the top non-emergency reason for hospital admissions in the UK. Not only can it be painful, dental decay can impact a child’s speech development and their ability to chew their food properly.

We are encouraging parents and carers to make teeth cleaning part of your child’s daily routine from a young age so that they will have healthy habits to last a lifetime.

Join us at one of the following sessions to learn more about keeping your child’s teeth clean:

Day Time  Location Session 
Monday 4 June 1.30pm to 2.45pm William Bellamy Children’s Centre Play with a Story –
We will have books and activities around oral health and will be giving parents information on oral health awareness.
Monday 4 June 9.30am to 10.15am Mayesbrook Outreach Hub Little Rhythm Makers –
In this session we will incorporate songs around teeth and will be giving parents information on oral health awareness.
Monday 4 June 1.30pm to 2.30pm Leys Children’s Centre Babbling Babes -We will give parents information on oral health awareness and brushing.
Tuesday 5 June 10am to 10.45am Alibon Children’s Centre Little Rhythm Makers – In this session we will incorporate songs around teeth and will be giving parents information on oral health awareness.
Tuesday 5 June 1pm to 2.15pm Barking Learning Centre Play with a Story – In this session we will have a story about a visit to the dentist.
Tuesday 5 June 10am to 11.15am Sue Bramley Children’s Centre Play with a Story – Story and activities around oral health awareness. Parents will be given handouts and information.
Tuesday 5 June 1pm to 2.30pm Sue Bramley Children’s Centre Toddler Talk – Activities to raise awareness of oral health. Parents and carers will also receive information on oral health.
Wednesday 6 June  9.30am to 10.45am Becontree Children’s Centre Play with a Story – We will have books and activities around oral health and give out handouts and information to parents.
Wednesday 6 June  2pm to 3pm Valence Library Babbling Babes – We will give parents information on oral health awareness and brushing.
Wednesday 6 June  10am to 11.30am Barking Learning Centre Toddler Talk – We will have lots of books and activities around oral health, brushing teeth and healthy snacks.
Wednesday 6 June  1.15pm to 2pm Sue Bramley Children’s Centre Little Rhythm Makers – Songs about oral health, information will be given to parents to raise awareness on oral health.
Wednesday 6 June  1.30pm to 2.45pm Chadwell Heath Community Centre Play with a Story – We will share a story about teeth and the dentist. We will also give handouts to raise awareness of oral health.
Wednesday 6 June  1.30pm to 2.45pm Chadwell Heath Community Centre Play with a Story – We will share a story about teeth and the dentist. We will also give handouts to raise awareness of oral health.
Wednesday 6 June 9.30am to 10.15am Leys Children’s Centre Little Rhythm Makers – In this session we will incorporate songs around teeth, giving parents information on oral health awareness.
Thursday 7 June  1.30pm to 2.30pm William Bellamy Children’s Centre Babbly Babes – We will have books and activities around oral health. We will also be giving parents information and leaflets on oral health.
Thursday 7 June  10am to 11.30am Valence Library Toddle Talk – We will be having a dentist role play and will be brushing doll’s teeth. We will also have handouts on oral health.
Thursday 7 June  10am to 11.30am Chadwell Heath Community Centre  Toddler Talk – We will be having a dentist role play and will be brushing doll’s teeth. We will also be giving out information on oral health. 
Thursday 7 June  10am to 11.30am Leys Children’s Centre Toddler Talk – We will be having a dentist role play and will be brushing doll’s teeth. We will also be giving out information on oral health.
Friday 8 June  10am to 10.45am William Bellamy Children’s Centre Little Rhythm Makers – We will incorporate songs around the care of your teeth. We will also give parents information and leaflets on oral health.
Friday 8 June  9.30am to 11am Becontree Children’s Centre Toddler Talk – We will be having a dentist role play and will be brushing doll’s teeth. We will also be giving out information on oral health.
Friday 8 June  1.30pm to 2.15pm Marks Gates Chidlren’s Centre Little Rhythm Makers – We will sing songs about brushing teeth and will be giving out information as handouts to raise awareness of oral health.

 

Brushing your child’s teeth

Parents and carers can begin brushing their child’s teeth as soon as their first one comes through. Start by gently massaging the tooth with a soft toothbrush and water.

Like adults, children should brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day.

Although children like to be independent, it is recommended that mums and dads supervise their children while they brush their teeth until they are around seven or eight years old.

This is because children can often become distracted and not brush as thoroughly as they should.

Choosing the right toothpaste

Fluoride is a natural mineral that is used in toothpaste to help keep teeth strong. When buying toothpaste, make sure it contains at least 1000 ppm (parts per million) of fluoride – you can find this information on the packaging.

Children under the age of three only need a smear of toothpaste on their toothbrushes and children over the age of three need a pea-sized amount.

Visiting the dentist

Children can visit the dentist for free as soon as their first tooth comes through and can continue to visit the dentist for free until they are 18 years old or 19 if they are in full time education.

Find your nearest dentist and register your family using the ‘Find Dentists’ tool on the NHS Choices website.