This information is provided by Bury Oral Health Promotion Team. Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
The Brush Bus tooth brushing scheme was launched in EYFS in order to increase exposure to fluoride among the 2-5 year old children in Bury. The Bury Oral Health Promotion Team facilitate daily supervised toothbrushing (STB) with a family fluoride toothpaste at targeted establishments via staff training, support, advice to parents and the provision of equipment.
All participating settings have found ways to incorporate tooth brushing into their daily routines and use it as part of the curriculum.
Fluoride toothpaste is an effective method of reducing tooth decay and its benefits can be maximized, if brushing with toothpaste is started early in a child’s life, supervised by an adult at least twice every day with a higher concentration of fluoride toothpaste.
Good habits developed in early childhood can have a great impact on a child’s future health. The Brush Bus Scheme used in conjunction with the Bury MBC Golden Apple Award Scheme already in place in EYFS could in time, have a real impact on children’s dental health. Children's good oral health lasts a lifetime.
Many parents struggle to brush young children’s teeth at home and those parents with children in nurseries where brushing programmes have been implemented, report that their children are much more enthusiastic about having their teeth brushed at home. Toothbrushing also becomes less of a struggle.
The aim is to improve children’s school readiness and give every child the Best Start in Life.
“Early Years providers have a responsibility to promote the health of children in their setting, set out in the EYFS. Good oral health can form a part of this.”
There were some minor changes to Safeguarding and Welfare in the EYFS framework published in April 2021. A new requirement to promote the good oral health of children was included which has to be in place before September 2021 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/changes-to-the-early-years-foundation-stage-EYFS-framework/changes-to-the-early-years-foundation-stage-eyfs-framework
When STB schemes were set up in EYFS, Oral Health Promotion staff trained pre-school staff to deliver the scheme. This ensured the scheme could be delivered safely and effectively, infection control was of the highest priority. In the recovery phase of the COVID -19 pandemic the Greater Manchester Training Hub developed a free training package. This e-learning tool was intended to guide staff to deliver a safe effective STB scheme, rather than implementing their own systems https://www.gmthub.co.uk/dentistry/workforce/starting-well-improving-childrens-oral-health/stb-early-years
Public Health England Guidance Published 13 August 2020 COVID-19: guidance for supervised toothbrushing programmes in early years and school settings.
All EYFS staff should read https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-supervised-toothbrushing-programmes/covid-19-guidance-for-supervised-toothbrushing-programmes-in-early-years-and-school-settings