Oral Health Policy - St Joseph`s RC Primary School

Oral Health Policy - St Joseph`s RC Primary School
St Joseph’s RC Primary
Oral Health Policy
Approved: Summer 2015
Review Date: Summer 2017
Oral Health Policy
St Joseph’s oral health policy sets out the schools formal commitment to providing a high standard of oral
health promotion, linking this to education and life skills to promote optimum health in all of our students.
The Governors aim to ensure that all aspects of oral health promotion at St Joseph’s promotes the health
and wellbeing of pupils, staff and visitors to our school, supporting individual needs (cultural, ethical and
medical) as appropriate.
The Governors will ensure the creation of partnerships between staff; pupils, parents and other relevant
groups so that all those involved in oral health at St Joseph’s have the opportunity to plan, implement
deliver and evaluate oral health promotion.
St Joseph’s is committed to
Supporting partnerships with agencies which support Oral Health and deliver effective oral health
promotion involving staff, parents and pupils.
Planning and delivering effective oral health promotion through participating in local initiatives as
determined by Public Health England (PHE).
Raising concerns relating to oral health of pupils in line with our safeguarding policy.
By implementing our oral health policy there will be a formal structure in place to allow feedback from
students, staff and parents and we are committed to responding appropriately to such feedback. This will
ensure that we continue to rate oral health very highly as demonstrated by the high standard set by our local
Oral Health Promotion service. We will link oral health to what is taught in the curriculum to ensure students
receive consistent and up to date messages around oral hygiene and healthy eating. The school oral health
policy will be linked to the nutrition and food policy which relates to the Government school food regulations,
to Every Child Matters agenda and to the National Healthy Schools Programme.
St Joseph’s named Oral health lead is Alison Dybell
Tooth Brushing
A daily supervised tooth brushing programme is a local initiative to help improve the oral health of children
in Teesside. St. Joseph’s has been identified to deliver tooth brushing in Reception. Tooth brushing
resources are provided by the Oral Health Promotion Department subject to funding and consist of storage
racks, toothbrushes and toothpaste. We encourage students to brush their teeth at home and in the
education setting. We do this with the support of the school staff and reinforcing messages to parents at
St. Joseph’s is committed to
Delivering the tooth brushing scheme in line with the recommendations set out by the Oral Health
Promotion Department.
Implementing a high stand of cross infection control in line with the recommendations set out by the
Oral Health Promotion Department.
Encouraging all students to participate in the scheme at school and at home.
Maintaining a high standard of staff knowledge base in Oral Health Promotion.
Guidance on Tooth Brushing in school
The school will have a nominated oral health lead person responsible for liaising with the Oral
Health Promotion Department, and ensuring the effective delivery of the scheme in school.
 Staff involved in the tooth brushing scheme will be suitably trained, training will be recorded and
 All parents will be made aware of the scheme via consent letter (Negative Consent)
 Tooth brushing will take place in a suitable environment in line with cross infection control.
 All children are supervised whilst brushing.
 Storage racks will be maintained, and cleaned on a regular basis in line with cross infection control.
 Every child with have their own identifiable toothbrush.
 A fluoride toothpaste will be used which contains the current recommended level of Fluoride.
 Every child will use toothpaste which has been solely dispensed onto no toothbrush other than their
 A pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste will be dispensed.
 Toothbrushes will be replaced every three months or sooner if required, when bristles become
splayed, are dropped on the floor or used by a pupil with a contagious infection.
 Staff will wash hands before and after each brushing session.
 Toothbrushes will be stored in an upright position, out of reach of children, away from toileting
facilities and left to air dry when not in use.
 Storage equipment will be washed weekly, and replaced if cracked, scratched or rough surfaces
Appendix A sets out specific tooth brushing routines in St. Joseph’s
Healthy Eating
School Meals
Food served in schools and academies in England must meet the school food standards so that children
have healthy, balanced diets. These standards are intended to help children develop healthy eating habits
and ensure they get the energy and nutrition they need across the school day.
A child’s healthy, balanced diet should consist of
Plenty of fruit and vegetables.
Plenty of unrefined starchy foods.
Some meat, fish, eggs beans and other non-dairy sources of protein.
Some milk and dairy foods.
A small amount of food and drink high in fat, sugar and / or salt.
At St. Joseph’s water is served at lunchtime for both children having a hot school lunch and for
children bringing a packed lunch from home.
Packed Lunches must not contain sweets or chocolate bars. If these are included they will be sent
home with a note explaining why.
School food other than lunch
Oral health is affected by the frequent consumption of food or drinks that contain extrinsic sugars. St.
Joseph’s recognises the importance of reducing the frequency of sugary food / drinks that are available in
school to tackle tooth decay.
St. Joseph’s is committed to
Providing free, fresh drinking water which is available at all times.
Providing lower fat milk which will be available at least once a day to children under 5.
Providing fresh whole fruit as a snack in between meals (on occasion dried fruit may be provided by
the free fruit scheme) for children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.
 Encouraging fresh whole fruits as a snack to be brought in from home for children in Key Stage 2.
 Not giving sweets as rewards. (this does not apply at parties, celebrations to mark religious or
cultural occasions, or at fund raising events)
 Cooking activities in school will promote healthy eating and on any occasions where cakes or
biscuits are made these will be sent home.
 Not allowing cakes to be consumed in school (this does not apply at parties, celebrations to mark
religious or cultural occasions, or at fund raising events)
 Sending home any confectionary that is brought into school.
Healthy snack guide Appendix B
Dental Emergencies
Knocked – out tooth
On occasions children may injure themselves affecting the mouth. If a tooth is knocked out the sooner it is
re-implanted, the more likely it is to embed itself back into the gum. If a child has sustained a facial injury
this will be assessed by the first aider in school. Who will follow the advice below:
This is for adult teeth only; children’s baby teeth should not be implanted.
Handle the tooth by the white bit at the top (the crown) and avoid touching the root.
Do not scrape or brush the tooth.
If the tooth is dirty, rinse it with milk or a saline (salt water) solution and try to put the tooth back into
its socket in your mouth as soon as possible. Do not rinse the tooth with water or alcohol.
When the tooth is back in its socket, bite down onto a clean piece of material (such as a
handkerchief) or a wet tea bag to keep it in place.
If you cannot re implant the tooth, hold it between your cheek and gum until you manage to see a
dentist, or store the tooth in a clean container and cover it with milk or a small amount of your saliva.
Chipped or broken teeth should be reported to parents / guardians in line with the school accident policy
where non-emergency appointments can be made.
Parent / guardians should be informed immediately so that a dental appointment can be made.
In the event that the pupil does not have a dentist, the Teesside Dental Helpline can be called for
information on local dental practices. 0345 045 0620 or text 07700 380000.
Oral Health Education
Providing the children with a sound knowledge in oral health is a priority at St. Joseph’s we strive
to provide a holistic approach to health whereby dental health is given equal priority to general
health messages.
St. Joseph’s is committed to
Providing parents with relevant information relating to oral health.
Working in partnership with dental professionals.
Providing dental health education to all pupils.
Incorporating dental health education into the curriculum.
Further guidance on oral health can be obtained from
Tees Community Dental Service
Oral Health Promotion Department
01642 416200
Appendix A
St. Joseph’s follows the following procedure when tooth brushing with children in school.
Tooth brushing is supervised by Mrs Anne Conway.
Year Group Brushing
Nursery (am) 
Nursery (pm) 
Reception X
Other  Year 1
Z Racks  No 2 for each class
Tooth Brush Type
Toy 
Healthy Snacks 
Sports 
Storage area (up high)
Shelves 
Cupboard 
Other  Please specify…………………………………………………………………….........
Tooth brushing Area:
In the classroom (Dry brush) 
in washroom sinks
in classroom sink 
Other  please specify…………………………………………………………………………….
Cleaning procedure:
Decontamination of area pre and post activity  Area thoroughly cleaned
Product used please Specify- appropriate cleaning materials
Racks cleaned weekly 
Dishwasher 
other method please specify………………………
Method of brushing:
1 tube of labelled paste per child 
Rotational brushing 
Every child every day 
1 tube of paste dispensed (onto something other than brush) 
Appendix B
Oral Health Snack Guidance
Between Meals - healthy snacks between meals should be
encouraged to cut down on the frequency of sugars
Fresh fruit and vegetables
Salads including pasta, wholegrain rice and couscous
Hard boiled egg
Small portions of Cheese (not exceeding 30g in 1 day),
cream cheese or cottage cheese
Bread or toast - including white, wholemeal, granary,
brown, wheatgerm, multigrain, potato bread, chapattis,
plain baked naan, rotis, rolls, bagels, pitta and wraps.
Sandwiches with savoury fillings e.g. lean meat or fish,
cheese, egg, salad
Savoury scones (try making wholemeal)
Plain popcorn
Plain yoghurt
Nuts and seeds
 Plain milk
 Plain water
 Tea/coffee (without sugar)
Meal Times Only - these snacks should only be
eaten occasionally and as part of a meal
Sweets and chocolate
Dried fruit e.g. Raisins, apricots
Tinned fruit - in natural juice or syrup
Biscuits, cakes
Fruit scones, teacakes
Ice Cream
Fruit yoghurts
Sandwiches with sweet fillings e.g. jam
Fruit yoghurt
Sweet popcorn e.g. Toffee or caramel
Fresh fruit juice
Diluted cordial juices
Fizzy drinks
Flavoured or carbonated water
Fruit smoothies
Hot chocolate
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