Strong Teeth, Strong Kids support package and resources have been developed for you, to help your dental team provide effective oral health advice to parents and their young children. We have worked closely with dental teams like yours, as well as parents and children from various backgrounds and communities, to develop resources focused on maximizing the chance parents of young children will adopt your advice and establish protective home-based oral health habits for life. Access the implementation guide here and to order your materials please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 08702421850.
This leaflet provides information around toothbrushing (i.e,how often, which toothbrush and toothpaste to use, how to do the brushing) and provides tips on different toothbrushing positions. We would recommend that you use the leaflet to reinforce your advise and highlight the supportive video resources which parents can watch. The leaflet provides parents with a written copy of the advise rather than relying on memory of the conversation. Moreover they can share the leaflet with other adults who take care of the child.
This leaflet targets challenges that parents might have with their children allowing them to brush (e.g, closing their mouth, turning their head, refusing) and provides practical tips to encourage children to let them brush.
This leaflet provides information on appropriate healthy eating habits to help avoid tooth decay. It outlines foods and drinks that are damaging for teeth and those that are safer for teeth. It also discusses the effects of hidden and natural sugars, tackles drinks and cups, and outlines the effect of frequency of eating and drinking on teeth. As part of this discussion you may want to review the child's current eating and drinking habits. This can be achieved with either a 3 or 4 day diet diary or 24 hour recall activity(e.g, yesterday what did your child eat and drink? ). A diet diary if completed accurately allows dental teams to provide accurate advice.
This pamphlet is designed for parents who leave their child in the care of someone else some of the time, and want the other carer to follow the guidance on toothbrushing and/or healthy eating practices. It provides guidance on how to talk to other adults/carers about caring for your child's teeth.
The flow chart is designed to help guide and structure the conversation between you and the parent during the appointment. It aims to help you to identify the specific barriers to good oral health care faced by each family. By identifying these barriers, you can concentrate on these pertinent issues and direct the parent to appropriate resources to help improve oral health care and healthy eating practices for the child. When undertaking these preventive behavior change conversations it is essential to develop a good rapport with the parent, thus increasing the chances that your advice will be taken on board.