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Toddlers & Children




Tooth Decay is Preventable

Taking these steps will maintain a healthy mouth with beautiful teeth.

Brush teeth twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste.

  • Brush gently using a soft brush (never hard or medium and do not scrub
  • Change your toothbrush every 2-3 months
  • Help children under the age of 7 - if children can not tie up shoe laces they do not have the dexterity to brush effectively
  • After brushing, swish & spit and only rinse your toothbrush, not your mouth. This means the fluoride has a chance to strengthen areas between the teeth and in pits and fissures
  • Massage gums while brushing.
  • Use only a smear of toothpaste for preschoolers and pea size amount for everyone else.
  • Never use another person's toothbrush.

Limit sugary foods and Drinks, Especially at snack time.

  • Water only in sipper bottles
  • Water and Milk are the best drinks for teeth
  • Juice has as much sugar and acid as fizzy drink
  • Tooth - friendly snacks and drinks for snack time - give teeth a rest between meals. Make meals and main snacks reasonably big so that snacking and grazing are less likely.
  • Raisins, dried fruit, museli bars, roll-ups etc are very high in sugar.
  • Do not put honey or Jam etc. Dummies
  • Save sugary food and drinks for treats (have a treat day once a week)

Regular dental checks

  • See your dental professional routinely once a year
  • A child's initial dental check should be about the age of two ( or earlier if there is a problem
  • It is best if a child's first dental visits are fun, positive and prevention oriented rather than treatment being necessary.

Written by Barbara Moreton
Registered Dental Therapist in New Zealand
Background of 30 years primary school teaching mainly with young children