What is BrightBites?
Dentaid’s BrightBites programme is an oral health education scheme that can be delivered both in the UK and overseas.
Volunteers visit schools to deliver a lively, interactive presentation that covers toothbrushing, teeth names and functions, sugar awareness and the importance of regular dental appointments.
Where possible we ask that schools invite parents along to learn about oral health alongside their children. BrightBites can also be adapted to be delivered at nurseries and secondary schools. Dentaid’s mobile dental unit has also been used to support our BrightBites scheme with children invited to “meet the dentist” and explore a mobile surgery.
Photo was taken at Giant Steps Day Nursery
The BrightBites package comes with a range of resources including toothbrushing charts, stickers, recipes and healthy teeth leaflets.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters Denplan, part of Simplyhealth, we are also able to supply toothbrushes and toothpaste for all the children.
BrightBites also includes resources for teachers including classroom activities, lesson plans and experiments that are designed to work alongside the curriculum and enhance our volunteers’ visits.
Volunteers receive a Dentaid t-shirt, the presentation and all the resources they need to deliver the programme at their local schools.
Dentaid secured £9100 of People’s Postcode Lottery funding to deliver the BrightBites programme at schools in Leeds. Thousands of children benefitted from the presentation and received toothbrushes, toothpaste and leaflets.
BrightBites has also been used at schools and support groups for children with special educational needs. Volunteers use the resources alongside multisensory activities to teach the children and their families about oral health in a relaxed setting.
BrightBites is being supported by Denplan, part of Simplyhealth, which is allowing us to update and expand our resources and reach more children in areas of social deprivation and families experiencing poverty.
Photo was taken at a BrightBites programme in Uganda
Download your resources
We provide all the resources you need to get started with BrightBites:
– Full colour takeaway leaflet for children and parents
– A3 posters showing tooth brushing and right and wrong foods
– Lesson plan template plus fun songs to sing in class
– Fact sheets for new parents
– Links for additional online information
Dentaid’s BrightBites programme is generously supported by Denplan and Dental Nurse Network.
You can download resources to get started right away, or call us and speak to our BrightBites Coordinator on 01794 324249.