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hello, any help gratefully received please. we are being moderated next week and it is also our healthy schools week. t it he knowledge and understanding area whilst she is there is about teeth. in previous years, we have shown the children how to brush their teeth with a new toothbrush each.... do you think this is ok ? is it ok for the children to wash their mouths out with water and then spit in the classrooms sinks ??????????? xD:(:o

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I brush all the children's teeth at Preschool every day. We use a pea sized amount of children's toothpaste and no-one spits at all. I wouldn't have any problem with them spitting out - everything is rinsed with milton anyway, so I'd just rinse the sink too if they did

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I'm confused - how does teeth brushing link to moderation???

 

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I think it was the fact that they are doing healthy living week at the setting anyway and it so appens they are being moderated the same week.

 

That's how I read it anyway.

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We have done this activity before and never had a problem with spitting out. Just rinsed the sink with milton as Cait said.

The children also loved doing this activity!

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As far as I know they shouldn't be rinsing their mouths. That's what our Dental health specialist told us. They brush for 2 minutes (using timer), then just spit it out. We practiced on big mouth models first using big toothbrushes. Children loved it.

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thank you all v much for the reassurance. yes the moderators are there during healthy living week. good to know it is not unusual or totally crazy. the children have enjoyed it when we have done it in previous years but wasnt sure about the hygiene aspect. many thanks

ps yes agree about the not washing the mouth out as dental advice but dont think i will convince my colleagues :o

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As far as I know it's best to spit because the less toothpaste that is swallowed the better. My understanding is that swallowing toothpaste can actually be bad for your teeth (something to do with too much flouride maybe??). I may be wrong but that's what I've always thought...

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Our setting has been toothbrushing for years now, and we are a Healthy Portsmouth setting. Our dental health advisor informed us that each child should have a piece of paper towel with a pea sized amount of 1450 floride levels toothpaste ( a lot of childrens toothpastes are not floridated enough) They then brush for two minutes, spit any excess into tissue and throw it away. No rinsing/swilling or sink spitting involved and they all do it at the table. We also demostrate as the children are brushing with a big toothbrush and paste and use the Boogie Mites Toothbrushing song or the Barney one ( depending on which CD we can find!) Works for us :o

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I have contacted my brother in law who is a dentist, and he says that current recommendation is to spit, as modern toothpastes are topical. As some areas have fluoridated water and others not, children can ingest too much fluoride which can actually cause spotting in the teeth.

 

We don't have fluoride in the water, and some of 'my' children have poor dental health, so he's happy we continue to swallow.

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