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Fluoride Varnish

Fluoride varnish can be applied by dental teams at your family dental practice and at some nurseries and schools.

Fluoride varnish is a golden gel that is applied to a dried tooth surface. It has a pleasant taste and a fruity smell. It helps to prevent tooth decay by strengthening the teeth, and has shown to be most effective if applied to the teeth at least twice a year.

The varnish hardens on the tooth just after being applied, so the fluoride can be in contact with the outer surface of the teeth for a long period of time. The golden colour can take a few days to fade.

How is the fluoride varnish put onto the tooth?

The process is quick and easy.

In nurseries and schools, the varnish will either be applied within a visiting dental mobile unit or the dental team can bring their special portable equipment into a quiet, private area of school.

Only specially trained dental staff can apply the fluoride varnish. They have strict rules of hygiene and infection control. A clean pair of clinical gloves is worn and a new fluoride application pack is used for each child. The child’s teeth are gently wiped with a cotton wool roll and the correct amount of fluoride varnish is applied using a small disposable soft brush.

Please Note: If your child normally takes fluoride drops or tablets, they should not have fluoride varnish applied.

Aftercare Instructions

Try not to let your child eat hard foods such as apples, carrots or crisps today to avoid the varnish being scraped off the tooth surfaces.

We will arrange to paint your child’s teeth with the fluoride varnish again, at school, in about 6 months time.

If your child has problems or an allergic reaction after today’s application, please inform the school or Designed to Smile team.

Your child has not had a detailed examination. It is important that your child attends a dental practice regularly for check ups and let your own dentist know that your child has had fluoride varnish applied at school.

Is fluoride varnish safe?

Yes when applied at the correct dose, fluoride varnish is safe.

Children can have fluoride varnish applied up to four times per year. Children taking part in Designed to Smile may have fluoride varnish applied twice a year in school or nursery. If your child has had fluoride varnish applied in school, it is a good idea to tell your dentist so that they can space out other applications to increase the benefit.

Children who swallow too much fluoride can develop white spots on their teeth. That’s why it is important not to let your child eat toothpaste. Fluoride varnish is applied at school only twice a year therefore the risk of developing white spots as a result is tiny.

If your child normally takes fluoride drops or tablets, they should not receive fluoride varnish applications at nursery or school.

Can all children have fluoride varnish applied?

Every child joining the programme must have written consent given by their parent or guardian.

The consent form asks questions about past medical history and we particularly want to know if your child has ever had to be hospitalised following a severe asthma attack or has an allergy to colophony or sticking plaster.

It may not be appropriate for some children to have the varnish applied. We will keep you informed before visiting school if this is the case.

If a child has a sore mouth or broken skin around the mouth or an infectious illness on the day of the dental team’s visit, then fluoride varnish will not be applied. We would let you know about this in writing.

Healthy eating

As soon as you start weaning your child, do not encourage a sweet tooth.

  • Don’t add sugar to foods and drinks
  • Never dip a dummy in anything sweet
  • Never put sugary drinks in feeding bottles or infant cups

Every time you eat or drink something containing sugar, plaque bacteria on your teeth make acid which attacks the tooth surface. After a while, a hole or cavity forms. This is called tooth decay. To stop tooth decay:

  • Cut down on both the amount of sugar you eat, and how often you eat it.
  • Don’t have any sugar between meals as this gives teeth time to recover from the acid attack.
  • Don’t have sugary snacks – try healthier options like:

    Vegetable Sticks
    Cheese and Crackers
    Fresh Fruit
    Pitta Bread and Hummous

    Milk and water are the only safe drinks for young children.

    Fruit juices contain natural sugar (fructose) and should only be offered at mealtimes.

    Diet drinks contain artificial sweeteners which do not cause decay but are acidic which dissolve the surface, causing dental erosion.

    Always ask for sugar free medicines

    For more information on healthy eating for children go to: Every Child


    Sugar in cakes, biscuits, sweets, chocolate, jam, preserves, fizzy drinks, squash, milk shakes

    Be Aware

    Fruit Juice: the natural sugars can cause tooth decay. Fruit juices are important in providing vitamin C and reaching our 5-a- day, but drink at mealtimes only.

    Dried Fruit: can cause tooth decay. The natural sugar has been released from the fruit cell as part of the drying process, so eat at mealtimes only.


    Whole fruits and vegetables are a very important part of a healthy diet. They do contain natural sugars but are in a safer form within the fruit cell.

    Milk is a very important part of a healthy diet. It contains natural sugar but a safer type.

    Some snacks can contain more sugar than you realise. Here are some examples of popular snacks that contain large amounts of sugar which can be harmful to teeth.

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A guide for parents/carers – what to do if your child needs to self-isolate

A guide for parents/carers – what to do if your child needs to self-isolate
If your child has been told to self-isolate by the Test, Trace, Protect (TTP)
service or the school on behalf of TTP, you must ensure they stay at home
for 14 days (the start of the 14 day period will be on the advice of the
TTP team).

Self-isolation means staying at home.
• Your child must not leave the
house, go to school, mix with
other children or with adults from
outside their household.
• By ensuring your child self-isolates,
even if they don’t have symptoms,
you are helping to reduce the
spread of coronavirus and
protecting others.

While your child is self-isolating
• Support your child with remote education provided by school.
• Monitor your child’s symptoms.

Request a test as soon as possible if they begin to show any COVID-19 symptoms:
A NEW CONTINUOUS COUGH – coughing a lot for more
than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24hrs.
a HIGH TEMPERATURE – their chest or back feel hot to
– they cannot smell or taste anything, or their sense of
smell or taste is different to normal.
Other household members
don’t need to self-isolate.
• Your child will be told to self-isolate if they
have been in close contact with someone
who has tested positive for COVID-19.
This means they are at increased risk of
catching the disease and passing it on to

Missio Update. Minutes of Meeting Tues 27th November 18

Agenda: 27.11.18

  1. Well done for action research at home
  2. How shall we share this information with others?
  3. Planning our special assembly
  4. Loving our World this Christmas
  5. Loving our school-How can we improve our playground?



Well done to ‘Reducing waste water’ group and ‘Switching off lights’ group who have created fantastic posters which will be put up around school.

Children shared ideas with all Missio Ambassadors and will share with whole school in the special Missio Assembly on  Friday. During this Missio Ambassadors will be given Missio badges. Please remind Mums and Dads to help you take the badge off before washing. Try to remember to wear your badge every day.

Teachers- Please help  Missio to have chance to to create posters.  Try using more than one App? Reminder to Missio groups to continue to switch off taps and switches every day.

Whole School Missio Message for Christmas Save trees, Save our planet. Christmas Cards are made from trees. Missio have decided to ask everyone to send ONE Christmas wish to hang on our Christmas tree, rather than many cards.

Recycle Group Ideas

  1. Children to create posters- to include message ‘Don’t drop rubbish’.
  2. Time Out – Rubbish pick, by Group members.
  3. New Bins with better signs a. Plastics, b. Milk waste, c) Fruit Waste
  4. Buy Litter pickers (Sturdy please)
  5. Recycle Group voted to swap weekly,
  6. Year 2 responsibility for Week 1.


Many thanks Ms Beaumont


Next Meeting Friday 30th Nov 2018