February is National Children’s Dental Health Month so we shine a spotlight on our oral health educator, Jane Knight, who is so passionate about children’s teeth and who has been working with local schools for the past 20 years to teach valuable oral health education.

Our work with local schools

Each year Jane does around six visits predominately around the Tilehurst area, teaching children ranging from Early Years’ Education, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.

Jane has been delivering oral health sessions to schools for the last 20 years, of the 34 years that she has worked at Triangle Dental. The number of visits she does has grown in recent years as schools introduce oral health into their curriculum.

The importance of educating children about oral health

Jane’s recent visit to Kennet Day Nursery at Reading Borough Council gave children the chance to role play being a dentist and take part in brushing demonstrations, as well as lots of fun activities during the session. School visits are a great way to engage children in the correct message they can take home even into adulthood.

We know that not all children have visited a dentist before so these visits are the ideal chance to show them what happens at the dentist and helps them really understand the importance of looking after their teeth.

Tooth decay rates in UK children are far too high, yet it is a disease which is completely preventable. If we can help teach children at a young age, the importance of looking after their teeth, and show them how to, we can help reduce the incidences of tooth decay and carry these messages forward as they grow up.

National Children’s Dental Health Month is the perfect time to increase awareness about children’s dental health and being able to support this through the work we are doing in the community, is very rewarding. We will continue to work with schools we have relationships with and hope to engage with even more in 2024.

Our top five top tips for good oral health

1/Avoid consuming sweet, sugary foods and drinks between meals.

2/Brush twice a day for 2mins, using a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. Children under 10yrs old need help to brush.

3/Spit out, but don’t rinse out after brushing, so to leave fluoride around your teeth for longer.

4/ Avoid eating or drinking 1hr before bedtime. Water only.

5/Visit your dentist for regular check-ups.