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Healthy Teeth 

 Unfortunately tooth decay is a growing problem in the UK for our children. It is caused when bacteria in the mouth feeds on sugars from foods and drinks. These bacteria produce acid, which damages the outer surface of the tooth (the enamel). Saliva helps to repair this damage, but if over time there is more damage than repair, it leaves a cavity or ‘hole’ in the tooth

You can help prevent tooth decay in your little one by...

  • introducing healthy eating and good cleaning habits early on

  • by insuring they have good feeding habits, this helps to prevent tooth decay

  • cleaning or brushing your child’s teeth helps remove the bacteria that cause decay

  • brush teeth and along the gum line twice a day; in the morning and at night before bed

  • take them to regular dental checks which will spot the early signs of tooth decay 

Child Brushing Teeth 2

Tooth decay is the most common reason for hospital admissions for children aged 5-9years old, oral health is therefore an important aspect of health status and physical readiness.


The long term effects for children with poor oral health can impact them on into adulthood. Poor dental hygiene can lead to serious health problems including an increased in risk in alzheimers disease and heart disease. Other conditions that have been linked to poor oral health are endocarditis , an infection of the inner lining of the heart chambers or valves, this occurs when bacteria comes from another part of the body like the mouth and enters the bloodstream attaching to the heart. 

Are you aware of the long term impact of poor oral health... 

Fallen Tooths

Struggling to find a dentist?

What are we doing at Muddy Boots to improve oral health...

  •  A variety of tooth friendly snacks will be provided daily, and children will be encouraged to try new foods through our Eat the Rainbow project 

  • Milk and water will be the only drinks offered to the children throughout the day. 

  • For children at high risk of tooth decay or already displaying signs, we will offer tooth brushing at the nursery. 

  • Oral health will be included in curriculum work and any learning opportunities where it is appropriate 

  • Visits from a dentist, hygienist or someone that can talk about oral health will be arranged during the nursery year

  • The nursery will provide books in going to the dentist, big teeth and brush to play with and teeth brushing in our role play areas. 

  • Staff undertake oral health training and talk to children about looking after their teeth 

  • As part of our school readiness, we will assess the children’s understanding of oral health 

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