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.