Looking after your children's teeth
The main ways of taking care of your child's teeth are:
- Regularly brushing teeth and visiting the dentist.
- Cutting down on sugary foods and drinks, and;
- using sugar-free medicines, where possible.
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.
- Make sure that you replace your toothbrush regularly, when the bristles become out of shape.
- Clean in between your teeth each day by using dental floss or interdental brushes.
- Cut down on sugary foods and drinks.
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.