Tooth brushing so essential for kids
A regular teeth cleaning routine is essential for good dental health. Follow these tips and you can help keep your kids’ teeth decay free:
Start brushing your baby’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first milk tooth breaks through (usually at around six months, but it can be earlier or later). It’s important to use a fluoride paste as this helps prevent and control tooth decay.
Children under the age of three can use a smear of family toothpaste containing at least 1,000ppm (parts per million) fluoride. Toothpaste with less fluoride is not as effective at preventing decay.
Children between the ages of three and six should use a pea-sized blob of toothpaste containing 1,350 to 1,500ppm fluoride. Check the toothpaste packet for this information or ask your dentist.
Make sure your child doesn’t eat or lick the toothpaste from the tube.
Brush your child’s teeth for at least two minutes twice a day, once just before bedtime and at least one other time during the day.
Encourage them to spit out excess toothpaste, but not to rinse with lots of water. Rinsing with water after tooth brushing will wash away the fluoride and reduce its benefits.
Supervise tooth brushing until your child is seven or eight years old, either by brushing their teeth yourself or, if they brush their own teeth, by watching how they do it. From the age of seven or eight they should be able to brush their own teeth, but it’s still a good idea to watch them now and again to make sure they brush properly and for the whole two minutes.