Tooth brushing clubs and healthy eating regimes have been introduced in special support schools across Sheffield as part of a raft of measures to prevent tooth decay.
National research has shown children in special support schools, which educate children with severe special education needs and disabilities, have slightly lower rates of tooth decay than children in mainstream schools but they are more likely to have their teeth extracted.
Now Sheffield Council, working with Public Health England and the NHS, has taken steps to improve oral health at the schools.
Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “There is no doubt that getting all children into a good tooth brushing routine can prevent decay and ultimately save teeth. “All children deserve the best start in life and making access to oral health care and education on nutrition part of school routine has got to help.”
Experts recommend supervised tooth brushing schemes in schools where children are at high risk of poor oral health.