Good oral health

Good oral health

Tooth care matters

In theory, tooth care should be quite simple - don’t allow children to have sugary things too often and make sure their teeth are brushed well twice a day for two minutes. In practice, it’s not that easy, the way sugary products are advertised and promoted can make it difficult to limit them.

Although it’s not always easy, you should get your child into good habits at an early age and they will need your help with toothbrushing until they are seven. Make sure your child brushes their teeth twice every day with a family fluoride toothpaste that has levels of between 1000-1450 parts per million (ppm) fluoride. Check the tube for fluoride content. Adults and children should spit not rinse after brushing with a fluoride toothpaste for maximum effectiveness.

Use a family fluoride toothpaste right from the start. Remember that good tooth care will come from you, mums and dads, brothers and sisters. Take opportunities to let them watch you brushing your teeth. Explain what you are doing and why you are doing it. Try to make it fun. Visit the dentist as a family.

Children under 18 should be seen by a dentist at least once a year.

Brush DJ

This app can help encourage children to brush for 2 minutes.

Brush DJ

Dentist says

Children should brush their teeth in the morning and last thing before bed. Provide a healthy, balanced diet and limit sugary food and drinks to mealtimes only. If children are brought up to care for their teeth early on, it should stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.

Visit the link for more information: www.nhs.uk/dentalhealth

Drinks

Fizzy drinks can contain large amounts of sugar, which will increase the risk of tooth decay. All fizzy drinks (both those containing sugar and sugar-free or diet versions) contain acids that can erode the outer surface of the tooth. If you do have sugary or fizzy drinks, drinking them with meals can help reduce the damage to teeth. The best drinks to give children are water and milk. Try diluting fruit juice with sparkling water instead of giving fizzy drinks. Remember to dilute squashes well to reduce the sugar content in the drink. Diet versions of fizzy drinks also contain very few nutrients. Milk or water are much healthier choices, especially for children.

Source: NHS Choices

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Golden rule - never give a sugary drink last thing at night.

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The best drinks to give children are milk and water.

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Tooth decay is almost totally preventable. Get it right from the start. Know what causes teeth to go bad.