How to look after the teeth of children
Do you worry you are doing the right thing for your children? Often there can seem conflicting advice depending on who you talk to. This blog post contains the authoritive advice by the department of health and the most widely accepted and recognised preventative advice in the country.
Below are some key points on keeping your child's mouth healthy.
For children 3 years and younger:
• Breast feeding provides the best nutrition for babies
• From six months of age infants should be introduced to drinking from a free-flow cup, and from age one year feeding from a bottle should be discouraged
• Sugar should not be added to weaning foods or drinks
• Parents/carers should brush or supervise tooth brushing
• As soon as teeth erupt in the mouth brush them twice daily with a fluoridated toothpaste
• Brush last thing at night and on one other occasion.
• Use toothpaste containing no less than 1,000ppm fluoride (this information is present on the packaging of the toothpaste)
• Use only a smear of toothpaste
• The frequency and amount of sugary food and drinks should be reduced.
• Use sugar free medicines.