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The Supervised Toothbrushing Toolkit

Supporting supervised toothbrushing programmes to reduce tooth decay in young children

This toolkit was developed to bring together new and existing resources to help support the implementation of supervised toothbrushing programmes and clubs. There are resources for those who are responsible for commissioning new programmes (commissioners), for those delivering programmes across a specific area (providers), as well as resources for nurseries, schools or childminders (early years settings) with a Supervised Toothbrushing Programme running and parents whose children are involved.

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Learn about the BRUSH (optimising toothBrushing pRogrammes in nUrseries and ScHools) project.

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Supervised Toothbrushing Programmes

This section covers what they are, their impact on oral health, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness, and geographical areas running throughout England.

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Information for Commissioners

This section describes the implementation activities for those considering commissioning a supervised toothbrushing programme.


Information for Providers

This section describes some of the implementation activities that providers of a supervised toothbrushing programme will have to undertake. 

Children's Dentist/Oral providers

Information for Early Years

Top tips and resources for delivering a supervised toothbrushing club as well as some tips on raising awareness and engaging families.

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Information for Parents

In this section, we provide helpful tips for parents to promote toothbrushing at home.

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"This is an excellent resource, comprehensive and easily accessible to all stakeholders. It will reduce duplication of work and improve the quality and consistency of STB programmes across the country."
Consultant in dental public health.

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