Public Health England launches healthy teeth lesson plans

public health england‘Keeping our teeth healthy’ lesson plans are now available from Public Health England as part of its Change4life campaign.

There are two plans, one aimed at five to seven-year-olds and one for seven to eleven-year-olds.

The presentations use a simple science experiment to introduce the idea of how sugary drinks can affect teeth.

‘With 23% of five-year olds in England having decayed, missing or filled teeth, dental lesson plans have also been made available,’ a spokesperson for PHE said.

‘They include a science experiment to help children observe how sugar can affect teeth.

‘And learn about making better choices to stay healthy.’


For the experiment children are encouraged to submerge egg shells in high sugar drinks and water or milk.

After leaving them for a day, children can compare the egg shells to see what affect each drink has had.

Pupils are then asked what they can do to help keep their teeth clean and create a dental health plan.

Advice given during the presentations includes:

  • Avoid sugary food and drinks. Remember they should be eaten less often and only at mealtimes
  • Brush your teeth twice a day (right before bed at night and one other time)
  • Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste
  • Spit, don’t rinse
  • Visit your dentist regularly.

Simple maths

Primary school children are also being taught to count using sugar cubes to help combat childhood obesity.

Worksheets, created by Public Health England (PHE), will ask pupils to calculate how much sugar is in different foods.

Children will then be asked whether this is more or less than the recommended daily amount of sugar.

‘Children are consuming too much sugar and obesity is a real threat to their health,’ Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE, said.

‘Educating them on the importance of a healthy balanced diet in their early years can help them avoid serious illness in future.’

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Children often have problems with sugar. Of course the children themselves are not to blame. They still do not know how to fight the temptations. Children’s mind is not yet able to do this. Therefore, adults should protect children in this situation. It is good that they introduce methods of teaching and controlling sugar in children. It would be ideal if the children initially understood that sugar is evil! Unfortunately, the consequence of the fact that children are easily amenable to this delicious temptation is child obesity. It is also aggravated by stress. Children also do not know how to control their emotions. That’s why they are very nervous because of trifles (a broken toy, critics, complex tasks, lessons, tests, homework, which is always a lot). We need adults to protect their children from these stresses. Or prepare for them.

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