Oral Health Resources for Schools.

A healthy mouth is a vital part of a healthy body. Having a healthy mouth allows us to speak, smile, kiss, taste, chew, swallow and cry.

We have recently reviewed Oral health in Swindon;

  • Almost 3/10, 5year olds have more than 3 decayed teeth.
  • Nearly 3/10, 12year olds have tooth decay.

It is evident that children with an unhealthy mouth, have reduced school readiness, school absence, pain, an emabarrasment to smile, difficulty eating, socilaising, problems speaking and reduced growth.

Some key reminders for children to improve oral health:

  • Brush teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Don't rinse out the mouth after brushing.
  • Limit sugar intake.
  • have a helathy lifestyle, eat healthy food - (eating healthy food is good for the whole body, including teeth, gums and mouth)

Happy Smiles Programme

The oral health promotion team have developed a new programme to support schools with improving children's and their families oral health.The programme includes:

  • Classroom activites,
  • Evidence based messages for teachers,
  • Printable resources for classroom activities,
  • Information for parents,

To apply for a copy of this programme, complete the application form and send it to; oralhealthpromotion@gwh.nhs.uk

This email address is for general queries too.

The Resources

Download the resources here:

Series 1 - This has been developed for years1 & 2 and can be used to start discussions using the picture content only.

Series 2 - this is for years 3 & 4

Series 3 - this is for years 5 & 6

Colouring Sheets - These can be used in the foundation years and are appropriate to use with the many oral health story books avaialble for this age group.

Certificate - Schools can award pupils a certificate for participating in the oral health activities.

All the resources are in line with national curriculum requirements and suppor the PSHE programme. Messages on the back of the work books have been designed to support parents in continuing the activities at home.

If you would like more information and facts on oral health, please download the Public Health England Healthy Mouth Factsheet.