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At the start of each day, and just before bed at night, many children that you work with brush their teeth to help maintain a healthy smile.
A healthy diet plays a big part in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. In your school consider working with the canteen, staff and parents to promote healthy eating and offer a variety of nutritious foods in your menu such as:
Oral health—something to smile about
Supporting oral health—early childhood educators
Looking after teeth and gums—parents
Also steer clear of foods that are high in carbohydrate such as savoury, starchy crackers and chips.
Sugary foods and drinks, and foods that are high in carbohydrate like chips, are often associated with reward and celebrations like birthdays—consider working with staff and parents to offer healthy alternatives on these occasions.
You can help to share information about oral health by sharing our Grow & Thrive parent fact sheets with their parents or caregivers. These are packed with information on why oral health is so important, and tips on how to look after those little teeth and gums.
Where to find help
If you have particular concerns about a child at your school, the Raising Children Network provides in-depth oral health resources tailored for school-age children.
When more help is needed, parents and their children can also speak with a range of health professionals including dental professionals, family doctors, maternal and child health nurses and paediatricians.