Top tips for tiny mouths

Healthy Living > How to look after your teethTop tips for tiny mouths

Blog Article | By Simplyhealth 21 October  2021

We know that seeing a child’s happy, healthy smile can brighten a parent’s day. We also know that juggling work, school commitments, kids’ activities and behaviour can make it difficult to help your children establish a good oral health routine – especially if they’re reluctant to brush.

Here are our top tips for setting healthy habits when it comes to their dental care:


1.
Use a toothbrush recommended by your dental team and get your child to choose their favourite colours or characters

 

2. Always supervise and assist children in toothbrushing until they are old enough to do it properly and independently 

 

3. Use a small torch to check all areas of children’s mouths and encourage them to do this using a mirror

 

4. Use a fluoride toothpaste and make sure that the fluoride content is suitable for their age group:

 

  • Under three years old – 1000ppm (parts per million)
  • Over three years old – 1000-1500ppm

 

5. Find a toothpaste that they like the flavour of – there is a wide range on the market

 

6. Children easily swallow toothpaste so it’s best to use a smear of toothpaste for babies and children up to three years of age, and a pea-size amount for children aged three to six

 

7. Brush for two minutes, twice a day. This should be last thing at night and on one other occasion during the day – usually in the morning

 

8. Divide brushing into four sections in the mouth and brush each quadrant for 30 seconds – upper left, upper right, lower right, lower left. Brush each surface of every tooth – outside, top, and inside

 

9. Spit the toothpaste out after brushing but don’t rinse. Rinsing may wash away the protective fluoride

Dentist tip from our own Dr Louis Mackenzie

 

 

Making brushing a fun, family activity can be the key to successful brushing.

 

Why not encourage your child to:

 

  • Brush to a special song, video or timer
  • Make their own toothbrush holder by decorating a cup with stickers
  • Fill in a toothbrushing reward chart 
Brushing your teeth chart
Download 4-week brushing chart

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