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Oral Health For Children 

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CHILDREN AGED 0-8 YEARS

When should I start brushing my child's teeth?
The simple answer is as soon as their first tooth has erupted through the gums. From then on try to make tooth brushing a twice daily routine; once in the morning and once before bedtime.

As they get older you should start to teach your child to brush their own teeth encouraging gentle circular motions and using a fluoride toothpaste.

At the age of around 7 your child should be able to brush their teeth without your help, however you should still supervise their brushing at first. A good idea to start this self brushing routine is to let the child brush his/her own teeth 5 days out the week and a parent to do the other 2 remaining days. This will ensure that any areas that your child may be missing on can be checked and that the hard to reach molar teeth at the back of the mouth are reached with the fluoride toothpaste. This shared cleaning can carry on until the age of 11-12.

What sort of toothbrush should my children use?
It is important that the size, filaments and decoration of the brush meet the requirements of the child at whatever age they are. The filaments should be soft and provide safe and gentle brushing to suit the child's delicate teeth and gums.

Many companies have a range of toothbrushes that 'grow' with the children. Electric toothbrushes can also be suitable for children, ideally the styles which feature a 2 minute brushing timer are the most effective.

What sort of toothpaste should my children be using?
The ideal toothpaste is one developed for children to ensure they are recieving the correct level of fluoride.

How much toothpaste should children use?
A pea sized amount is plenty to effectively clean a childs teeth. It is important to not swallow any of the toothpaste but spit out any excess without rinsing as this ensures a coating a fluoride is on the teeth.

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CHILDREN AGES 8+

Brushing and Flossing
Adolescence is the peak time of bone growth and tooth development. It is vitally important to maintain a good oral health routine to ensure a healthy mouth in adulthood.

Teeth should be brushed for 2 minutes twice a day using an adult toothpaste and a brush specifically designed for ages 8+.

Flossing is important to ensure all surfaces of the teeth are cleaned. However flossing can be quite difficult even for adults to consideration should be given to easier flossing tools.

Avoiding Enamel Erosion
Unlike cavities which are caused by plaque bacteria, enamel erosion is caused by acid attacking the tooth enamel. To avoid damage through erosion the following should be considered:

  • Fizzy drinks and fruit juces should be limited to meal times or just after. Water should be drank between meals.
  • Using a straw when drinking fizzy drinks will help get the acid straight to the back of the mouth and reduce contact with the teeth.
  • Do not brush directly after consuming fizzy or fruit drinks as the enamel is more susceptible to damage from brushing at these times.
  • Food and drink high in sugar content should be limited to meal times.
  • Chewing sugar free gum after meals can help to neutralize the acids that form in your mouth.
  • Regular dental attendence, usually every 6 months.

View our videos below for advice on how your children should brush their teeth.

Infant Tooth brushing

Infant Tooth Brushing

Childrens Tooth Brushing

Childrens Toothbrushing

Childrens Technique

Childrens Technique