Keep your teeth for life
People who learn to look after their teeth properly early in life are more likely to continue as they get older. Oral health teams work with health professionals, communities and schools encouraging children and their parents to develop good oral health practices.
- Brush teeth and gums twice every day
- Squeeze a pea sized amount (smear for under three-year-olds) of family flouride toothpaste onto a dry brush
- Spit out toothpaste, but do not rinse after brushing
- Children need help with brushing until they are seven years old
- Sugary foods and drinks can damage teeth: keep these to mealtimes only
- Sugars should not be consumed more than four times a day
- In between meals have healthy snacks such as cheese, vegetables, fresh fruit and water or milk.
- Dental check-ups are important; visit your dentist as often as recommended