1. Tooth brushing and Toothpaste
Tooth brushing should be started as soon as teeth appear. In young
children, think of tooth brushing as a way of getting fluoride
toothpaste into their mouths. If your child wonít let you brush properly
- donít worry, in young children fluoride is more important for
preventing decay than actual cleaning.
Use only a smear of toothpaste containing no less than 1,000-ppm
Use the right sized toothbrush for your childís mouth.
Brush twice a day (last thing at night and one other time).
Encourage your child to spit out after brushing - try and avoid
rinsing as this washes the fluoride toothpaste away.
2. Sensible Eating
Babies and infants go through several important milestones with
regard to eating and drinking during the first few years of life. The
wrong choices can lead to dental decay and early loss of teeth.
From six months of age babies should be introduced to
drinking from a cup, and from one year onwards try to stop feeding from
If your child has teeth, donít let them go to sleep at night
with a bottle containing anything other than water.
Donít add sugar to weaning foods.
Try to avoid giving babies or infants sugary drinks - water
or milk should be sufficient.
Try to give your child sugary food and drinks with
mealtimes, and not more than four times per day.
3. Seeing Your Dentist
Itís important your child gets used to going to the dentist, so set
them a good example by making sure you attend for regular check-ups
yourself and letting them watch.
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