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1 1 Oral Health in Early Education and Care Implementing 606 CMR 7.11(11)(d)

2 This presentation was informed by materials provided by the: BEST Oral Health (Bringing early Education, Screening, Treatment), a Program of Partners For A Healthier Community Cavity Free Kids: Oral Health for Children in Child Care (the Washington Dental Service Foundation) 2

3 Tooth Brushing in Child Care …is not new for many programs! Head Start programs and many others have been successfully brushing teeth for years without an increase in childhood illness or infection. For some children, this has been their first exposure to tooth brushing; and it has led some families to adopt new and better oral health routines at home. 3

4 606 CMR 7.11(11)(d) Educators must assist children in brushing their teeth when children: are in care for more than four hours, or consume a meal 4

5 5 Why Tooth Brushing in Child Care? Dental Caries (tooth decay) is the most common chronic disease of childhood Causes pain, sickness and mortality Inhibits learning, speech and eating Is almost entirely preventable!

6 Massachusetts Children Suffer! 25% of kindergarten children 40% of 3 rd graders 30% of 6 th graders 6 1/3 to 1/2 goes untreated!

7 Very Young Children Suffer from dental decay 6% of 1 year olds 22% OF 2 YEAR OLDS 35% OF 3 YEAR OLDS 48% OF 4 YEAR OLDS 7

8 Low Income Children Suffer Most: nearly 12 times more lost school days than children from higher income families 8

9 Early Childhood Caries (ECC) 9

10 INTERVENTIONS Improve diet Limit the frequency of sugar intake Remove dental plaque bacteria with tooth brushing Provide added fluoride Seek preventive care 10

11 11 Rinse? Dont Rinse! Fluoride? No Fluoride! Spit? Dont Spit! Tooth Paste? Mint Flavored? Fruit Flavored? There are many different opinions…

12 12 Experts Agree: Tooth Brushing Reduces Dental Caries.

13 Tooth Brushing Techniques 13 Wipe an infants gums with a clean, damp cloth after feeding.

14 Proper Labeling Childs name Date of issue 14 Mike J. 2/2/09 Elijah 3/3/09 Aliyah 3/7/09 Colin 2/2/09

15 Tooth Brushing Techniques: begin brushing once the first tooth erupts 15

16 Tooth Brushing Techniques 16 Children over 2 years old need only a small dab of tooth paste.

17 Distributing Tooth Paste 17 without spreading germs

18 Provide Water to Rinse the Brush 18 …and a paper towel for clean-up.

19 Brush Teeth and Tongue! 19 Spend about 2 minutes brushing.

20 Rinse the Brush 20 …and rinse your mouth & spit into cup if you wish.

21 Cleaning Up 21 Dry off the brush…

22 Almost done… 22 Put the paper towel in the cup….

23 Done! 23 Throw away the cup and the paper towel.

24 Proper Storage 24 Educators put tooth brushes away Open to the air Not touching each other No disinfectant cleaners

25 Proper Maintenance 25 Recommendation: replace after illness and when worn, at least every three months.

26 Proper Supplies 26 Recommended: mint flavored, ADA approved, sodium fluoride (over 2 years)

27 Safety First 27 Proper supervision is always required!

28 Sanitizing and Disinfecting 28 After brushing, clean and sanitize tables and/or sinks.

29 29 For additional information, see other resources posted on the EEC regulations support page at:

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