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 ages 3 and under, and a pea-sized amount for over 3’s and adults. Children should use age-appropriate toothpaste. 
  • Spit don’t rinse! – Not even with water (the more contact teeth have with the toothpaste, the better). If using mouthwash, do so at another time of day.
  • 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, but 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 1.
  • 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.

Working with Cornwall Council, we have created an informative flyer called “Top dental tips for the family”, which is available here to download, share and print