Helping your children look after their teeth is important, it helps prevent tooth decay, gum disease and other dental issues.
We have some simple, achievable tips that can help you look after your children’s teeth.
Remember, dentists recommend teeth are brushed twice a day for around two minutes.
Top Tips for Babies and Children Aged up to 3 Years
- Start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as the first milk tooth breaks through (usually around 6 months).
- Take your baby to the dentist for the first time when their baby teeth start to show, so they get used to it. The dentist can give you advice on how to prevent decay and identify any potential problems at an early stage. Don’t forget, NHS dental care is free for children.
- Try to make trips to the dentist fun so your child doesn’t worry about going in the future.
- When brushing their teeth, use just a smear of a fluoride toothpaste that’s suitable for children.
Top Tips for Children Aged 3+
- Supervise tooth brushing and guide your child’s hand so they can feel the correct movement.
- Use a mirror to help your child see exactly where the brush is cleaning their teeth.
- To make it fun, you could use an egg timer or music to time for 2 minutes.
- Use a pea size amount of toothpaste.
- Make sure they spit out after brushing, but don’t rinse as this can rinse off the fluoride.