Oral health tips

Tips to keep your teeth in tip top condition! 

 

  • Children need help to brush until they are old enough to tie their own shoelaces or until approximately 8 years of age.
  • You should brush for a minimum of 2 minutes using a timer.
  • There are fun mobile phone apps available to download which will help with toothbrushing – why not have a look!
  • Remember to brush all surfaces – outside, inside, biting surfaces and on the gums.
  • Always use fluoride toothpaste on your brush; a smear for under 3 year olds and a pea sized amount for over 3’s.
  • Spit don’t rinse! – Not even with water (the more contact teeth have with the toothpaste the better!)
  • Replace your toothbrush at least once every 3 months.
  • You should visit a dentist at least once a year for a check-up.
  • If the bristles of the tooth brush are spread out or flattened then you are putting too much pressure on when cleaning – replace your toothbrush and brush more gently.
  • Drinks – Water, milk, tea and coffee (without sugar) are great, you should avoid fizzy, sugary drinks including smoothies and milkshakes.
  • Only give your child milk in a feeding bottle – bottles should be given up by the age of one.
  • From 6 months old use a beaker with a free-flow lid or an open cup with still water only – for more advice ask your health visitor.
  • Avoid eating sweet or sugary snacks between meals unless it’s a treat – eat 3 healthy meals a day to allow your mouth to recover from acid attack.
  • Smoking creates gum problems – this can cause wobbly teeth and smelly breath.