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Tombliboos Top Tips for brushing teeth!

Brushing Teeth


The Tombliboos love brushing their teeth with their enormous toothbrushes.

Follow these top tips from Dr Paul Ashley, Paediatric Dentistry Unit at UCL Eastman Dental Institute, to ensure your child grows up with healthy teeth.


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 fluoride.

 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 a bottle.

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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