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Dental problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease, can have a huge impact on children and young people and affect their overall physical and mental wellbeing: 

Additionally, dental problems can impact on school and the wider school community, with an average of 3 school days being missed, and the requirement for parents and caregivers to take time out of work to look after their child, go to dental appointments, or take them to hospital. In England, tooth extraction is the leading reason for children to undergo surgery with general anaesthetic. The good news is that for the most part tooth decay and gum disease are preventable, and there are several actions that can be taken to reduce the risk of experiencing issues. Whilst toothbrushing will be most likely done at home, schools can help to support oral health education by embedding it into the PSHE curriculum, and utilising other curriculum opportunities, for example, dental health should be included when learning about food and nutrition and keeping well.  

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Training & CPD

You can sign up for free to Health Education England and access a variety of health and wellbeing sessions, including this self-directed online session on Children’s Oral Health Advice: HEE elfh Hub (e-lfh.org.uk) 

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