No sugar = No tooth decay
This can be caused by adding even a small amount of juice or squash to a baby’s bottle containing water.
Prolonged use of a baby’s bottle containing milk could also cause bottle tooth decay (the only safe drink in a bottle after one year is water)
Brush your child’s teeth as soon as they appear, with a fluoride toothpaste. Public Health England’s oral health toolkit recommends that parents use toothpaste with at least 1000 ppm fluoride (most family strength toothpastes have 1500 ppm which isn’t recommended until after the age of 3). You will find that a lot of child specific toothpaste has the ppm fluoride clearly labelled to make this easier for you.
Brush teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, making sure you brush every surface of every tooth. The best times for brushing teeth are before breakfast and after night-time milk.
Your child should be seen by a dentist once they are one year old and attend regular check-ups.
Below the age of three years, children should use just a smear of toothpaste.
Children aged three to six should use a pea-sized blob of toothpaste.
Encourage your child to spit, not rinse.
Please view this video to show your children, the best way to clean their teeth:-
For more information on looking after your children's teeth, please click here.
Please also visit the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) website by clicking here.
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