Schools and nurseries should be run classes to teach children how to brush their teeth, says the government’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence amid concerns that a growing number of children are suffering from tooth decay.
Around 25,000 children, most around 5 years old, are admitted to hospital every year to have teeth removed. A recent Public Health England survey which found that in areas such as Leicester more than a third of children showed signs of tooth decay. The problem can be prevented with effective tooth brushing and staying away from sugary fizzy drinks and sweets.
Remember to use a fluoride toothpaste, brush for 2 minutes and do not rinse. If you need a new toothbrush, come along to the pharmacy.