Daily supervised teeth brushing in schools – Teeside

A scheme ran in Teeside aimed at improving the oral health of young children by providing materials for supervised teeth brushing in schools.

Schools in the most socially deprived areas were targeted for the intervention and invited to take part. Nursery and reception children in 58 schools joined the programme and school staff supervised tooth brushing on a daily basis. The NHS originally funded the programme, however the local authority public health department have provided the funds for resources (toothbrushes, fluoride toothpaste and toothbrush racks) to run the school programme since 2013.

PHE dental public health epidemiology programme data in 2012 was used to monitor changes in tooth decay levels. The data suggested a reduction in tooth decay levels in brushing schools compared to schools not participating in the scheme.