Labor would introduce supervised brushing in schools across England if it came to power to improve oral health.
To combat tooth decay in children, a program aims to help three- to five-year-old children break bad brushing habits.
But the move was quickly criticized by school leaders.
The party says funding for the £111m scheme would come from abolishing non-dom tax status.
It would also fund 700,000 additional urgent dental appointments.
It would also incentivize medical professionals to locate in “dental deserts” where services are lacking.
It is the first major political move ahead of the party’s annual conference, which begins in Liverpool this weekend.
Sir Keir Starmer said: “People are finding it impossible to find an NHS dentist when they need one, with appalling consequences.”DIY dentistry stories are too common.
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Heads, said: “It is not teachers’ job to make sure children brush their teeth every day.”
But Health Secretary Neil O’Brien said: “Labour’s numbers don’t add up. They think people are fools.
“Keir Starmer’s shadowThe minister admitted their policies would not raise enough revenue to implement Labour’s policies Plans.
“Workers will always take the easy way out and borrow and spend more.”