Oldham Council’s annual Big Brush campaign is back, and we’re encouraging as many children and families across Oldham to improve oral health and get into a better brushing habit.
From Friday 1 November to Saturday 30 November, we’re doing our bit to help stop the rot by organising brushing activities in children’s centres, promoting tricks and tips to help you keep the sparkle and giving out brushing tools including toothpaste, toothbrushes, timers and charts.
We’re also encouraging schools, nurseries and other early years settings in Oldham to get involved in the Supervised Toothbrushing Programme for children age 2-5 years. This is part of the Greater Manchester Start Well programme which involves children getting a toothbrush to keep at the setting which they then have a daily supervised brush with the teacher.
Oldham Libraries are hosting their Dental Playbox Sessions throughout the month, where children engage with puppets, giant toothbrushes, dress-up and fun timers to alleviate any fears that children may have about visiting the dentist.
The sessions can be attended at the following libraries:
Thursday 7 November, 1.30pm — 2.30pm at Royton Library
Thursday 14 November, 1.30pm — 2.30pm at Chadderton Library
Wednesday 20 November, 10am —11am at Oldham Library
The event is free, but you must book your place as they are limited. To book just visit: www.oldham-council.co.uk/libevent
Councillor Zahid Chauhan, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
“Keeping teeth healthy is so important, especially at such a young age. The NHS recommend every child should brush their teeth with family fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day as soon as the first tooth appears, especially at bedtime and at one other time during the day.
“We know there is still a lot of work to do in Oldham to improve oral health among under-fives but it’s a huge priority for the council and our partners.
“We’ve been working hard to educate families and provide support to parents as soon as their child is born.
“It’s parents’ responsibility to make sure children brush their teeth, but we believe providing the best advice and support to parents as early as possible will lead to better habits and oral health.
“I urge all parents to get involved in The Big Brush and as a result we can all ensure our children have smiles for life.”
“I also encourage all parents to ask their school or setting if they can be involved in the Supervised Brushing Scheme taking place across Oldham.
To further help engage children in keeping their gnashers in tip top shape we’re promoting NHS’ DJ Brush App. The app uses music to make brushing teeth fun and plays two minutes of music taken from your smartphone or tablet to encourage brushing for an effective length of time. Download the free app here: www.brushdj.com
Don’t forget to learn about how best to brush your teeth and get general oral health advice via our official social media channels – Twitter: @OldhamCouncil / Facebook: @ILoveOldham. Share your toothbrushing photos with us on social media, using #BigBrushOldham
For more information on this year’s Big Brush campaign, top tips and upcoming Big Brush events, please visit: www.oldham.gov.uk/bigbrus