Healthy Eating and Oral Health

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is an important part of keeping your family healthy. This means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount to maintain a healthy body weight. Developing healthy habits to care for teeth while children are young is important. These habits can set the stage for good oral (dental) health throughout life, helping to prevent problems such as gum disease, cavities, and tooth decay.

Healthy eating doesn't have to be boring, you'll find lots of fun ideas and inspiration below.


Adult Family & Community Learning

Doncaster Adult Family and Community Learning Services deliver funded family learning courses across the borough.

They offer a Healthy Families course, to introduce families to the benefits of healthy eating, how to make use of seasonal and therefore cheaper foods; how to feed their family on a budget.  Children join adults for part of the session each week.

Costs; Free to attend. Sessions are usually 6 x 2 hours.

 To view the timetable of current courses and to find out more contact the team;


NHS Choices

NHS Choices can help you improve your family's diet with simple nutrition information, free apps and interactive tools.

Change4Life Recipes and Eat Well resources

Change4Life has a great range of exciting recipes and ideas to help you revamp family meals and get the kids involved.

Food in Care

Practical support around food issues for those who look after Children in Care.



NHS Guidance on Children's Teeth

A regular teeth-cleaning routine is essential for good dental health, top tips here from brushing their first tooth to their first trip to the dentist. 

Growing up with healthy teeth

A video explaining how we can help our children grow up with healthy teeth.

Brush DJ

A free toothbrush timer app to make brushing less boring! The app plays 2 minutes of a song to encourage children (and adults!) to brush for an effective length of time. It also allows reminders to be set to brush twice a day, floss, use a mouthrinse and when next to visit a dentist.

NHS guidance on sweets, fizzy drinks and bottles

Top tips for parents on the top causes of tooth decay in children, and how to avoid them.

HENRY - Growing up with Healthy Teeth video 

A 20 minute video that outlines key messages for keeping young childrens' teeth healthy.

Change4Life - Sugar Smart

Top tips and information about sugar in our diet and ways to reduce it, including the free Food Scanner app to check food labels for the amount of sugar they contain.

Fluoride Varnish

Ask your dentist about this free, quick treatment to help reduce tooth decay in children. 

Children's Oral Health Advice E-learning

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.

Find a Dentist 

If you or your child are not registered with a dentist, you can search for practices that are taking patients online

Healthy Start


Last updated: 14 April 2020 14:48:11