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Dental care advice

Looking after your children's teeth

The main ways of taking care of your child's teeth are:

Brushing teeth

As soon as your baby's teeth appear you need to start brushing them twice a day. Use a child's brush with a smear of low-fluoride toothpaste.

Your child will need to be supervised until around 7 years to make sure they have the right technique and they spit out the toothpaste at the end.

By seven years old your child can start using a pea sized blob of adult toothpaste.

Looking after your own teeth

You can look after your teeth by keeping to a simple oral hygiene routine.

Brushing your teeth

You should brush your teeth at least twice a day using a pea sized blob of toothpaste that contains fluoride. You can spit out the toothpaste at the end, but don't rinse your mouth out.

Visiting the dentist

Make sure you register with a dentist and go for regular check-ups . The dentist will inform you of how often this needs to be, as it will depend on your age and how healthy your teeth and gums are.

Visiting your dentist regularly will mean that any problems will be caught early, so they will be easier to treat.