Nursery and reception children from Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy sing this rhyme to the tune of Twinkle twinkle little star every day whilst they brush their teeth together in a circle.
Tinsley’s tooth brushing club is part of an initiative run by Sheffield City Council in partnership with Sheffield Teaching Hospital Trust’s Oral Health Promotion team which works with 26 settings across the city to encourage regular tooth brushing.
Public Health England found that the number of five year olds with tooth decay, missing or filled teeth is falling. In 2015 it was 31.4 per cent, down from 35.8 in 2012 and 40.1per cent in 2008. The average number of affected teeth has also fallen 1.1 from 1.7 in 2008.
David Yates, teacher at Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy said: “Our tooth brushing club makes sure that the children in nursery and reception learn the importance of brushing their teeth early in their lives in a fun, and enjoyable way.
“I’ve definitely seen an improvement in the appearance and cleanliness of children’s teeth since our project started two years ago.”
Workshops are also run for parents to encourage them to get their children brushing their teeth and to raise awareness that tooth decay and gum disease can be reduced by regular tooth brushing with fluoride tooth paste.
Councillor Jackie Drayton, the council’s cabinet member for Children, Young People and Families added: “There is no doubt that getting all children into a good tooth brushing routine can prevent decay and ultimately save teeth. That’s why it’s great that the council, health services and schools are working together to encourage all children and families to brush! brush! brush! It’s wonderful that this is having an effect and we are seeing a real improvement in children’s dental health”.