Looking after your childrens teeth is vial. Teaching a good oral care routine at an early age can build the foundation to good oral health.
Build a brushing habit Record your childs toothbrushing twice daily on a chart. After four weeks you will have succeeded in making it a daily routine. Reward charts are a great visual way to encourage young children to brush their teeth.
Brush teeth twice a day Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, always before bedtime and on one other occasion. Toothbrushing removes plaque from the surfaces of the teeth and fluoride keeps teeth strong and helps fight tooth decay.
Toothbrushing tips • Treat toothbrushing as a routine, and lead by example • Use an age appropriate toothpaste with fluoride • Use a pea sized amount of toothpaste • Spit, don’t rinse, after toothbrushing • Replace your toothbrush regularly • To maximise the effect of mouthrinse use at a different time to toothbrushing to avoid washing away the fluoride from the toothpaste • Supervise and assist your child’s toothbrushing until they are at least 7 years old. • Show them how to systematically clean all tooth surfaces, leading by example.
Regular check-ups with your dentist • Have regular dental check-ups. It will help your child become familiar with the dental environment, and you will be able to get important information and advice • Children should start visiting the dentist as soon as their first tooth appears. Ask advice on how to look after their teeth, and get further information about toothbrushes, toothpastes and preventive treatments • Make dental check-ups a fun habit for your child. Consider establishing a post check-up routine, like an invigorating outdoor activity or a trip to the library to choose a special book • Remember: you are an important role model for helping to prevent a fear of going to the dentist. Talk to your child about how great healthy teeth look and feel.
Limit snacking • Everyone has plaque bacteria in their mouth. When plaque bacteria mixes with sugary foods and drinks, acids are produced which can cause tooth decay • Every time your child eats sugary foods or drinks, they increase their risk of tooth decay. That’s why your child should limit the amount and number of times they consume sugary snacks or drinks each day.
Healthy snacks tips • Help your child choose nutritious snacks like fresh fruits and vegetables. These are better choices for healthy teeth and bodies • Try a family taste test to see which fruits and veggies are your child’s favourites! • Limit sugary soft drinks and encourage your child to drink water or plain milk