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Children's Oral Health programme

This e-learning programme provides information and advice about children’s oral health. It is aimed at parents, expectant mothers, early years healthcare workers, teachers, nurses, GPs and the public.

Why is oral health important?

Oral health is an important part of every child’s wellbeing. It impacts on the ability for children to eat and sleep, to socialise with confidence and to concentrate at school. However, many children experience problems with their oral health.

Tooth decay affects around a quarter of five-year olds in England, and it is also the leading cause of hospital admissions for five to nine year olds by some distance.

Many children who go to hospital because of tooth decay need to have teeth removed under general anaesthetic. This is despite the fact tooth decay is almost entirely preventable.

How it works

This programme will help you to support the children you care for to maintain good oral health. It covers the main causes of tooth decay and simple actions that can be taken to prevent the problem.

It also explains when a child’s primary (baby) and adult (permanent) teeth start to appear, and what you should do if a tooth is knocked out.

By the end of the session users will have developed their knowledge of oral health and be more confident in providing children’s oral health advice.

The programme consists of one e-learning session that will take about 20 minutes to complete. As you work through the session you will be asked a number of self-assessment questions which enable you to check your understanding of the key points.

How to access the programme

The Children’s Oral Health programme is freely available to all. Please note your progress and completion of sessions will not be recorded and you will not be able to generate a record of completion. If you require evidence of learning, please register and then log in to access this programme on the e-LfH Hub.

To register see the e-LFH Hub website (external link).

If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Children’s Oral Health programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

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