Oral health is included in the EYFS as it is important that good oral health habits are formed from an early age. Tooth decay is a serious problem in the UK but is preventable if children are taught good habits whilst they are young. Toothache can cause serious problems for early years children such as eating, sleeping, socialising and learning.
To prevent these problems it is important that early years settings promote oral health through informational resources and activities for children. Oral health can link to things you already promote, like self-care, healthy eating and physical development. We have gathered some ideas to create this ‘Oral Health Early Years Activity Guide’, which includes 10 oral health activity ideas for you to carry out with your children.