Startling new survey finds one in ten children leave school unable to brush their teeth – New Update 2023
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22 January 2020
New research finds that one in ten (10%) children leave primary school without essential life skills, like brushing their teeth1.
The study, conducted by Tic Watches, involved 500 parents and revealed that this essential oral health skill is just one of a number of basic skills that thousands of primary school leavers lack as they head toward their teenage years.
Following these results, the Oral Health Foundation is calling for greater attention to be paid to the oral health of young children across the UK.
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the Oral Health Foundation, says: “Learning to brush our teeth should be one of the first life skills we learn as youngsters and carry forward with us as we grow older.
“It is never too early to learn about the importance of good oral health and all aspects of how to achieve a good hygiene.
“By the age of 11, children should be able to brush their own teeth, twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste. The …
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