In theory, tooth care should be quite simple - don’t allow children to have sugary
things too often and make sure their teeth are brushed well twice a day for two
minutes. In practice, it’s not that easy, the way sugary products are advertised
and promoted can make it difficult to limit them.
Although it’s not always easy, you should get your child into good habits at an
early age and they will need your help with toothbrushing until they are seven.
Make sure your child brushes their teeth twice every day with a family fluoride
toothpaste that has levels of between 1000-1450 parts per million (ppm) fluoride.
Check the tube for fluoride content. Adults and children should spit not rinse after
brushing with a fluoride toothpaste for maximum effectiveness.
Children under 18 should be seen by a dentist at least once a year.
Children should brush their
teeth in the morning and last
thing before bed.
Provide a healthy, balanced diet
and limit sugary food and
drinks to mealtimes only.
If children are brought up to
care for their teeth early on, it
should stand them in good
stead for the rest of their lives.
Fizzy drinks can contain large amounts of sugar,
which will increase the risk of tooth decay. All fizzy
drinks (both those containing sugar and sugar-free
or diet versions) contain acids that can erode
the outer surface of the tooth. If you do have
sugary or fizzy drinks, drinking them with meals
can help reduce the damage to teeth. The best
drinks to give children are water and milk.
Try diluting fruit juice with sparkling water instead
of giving fizzy drinks. Remember to dilute
squashes well to reduce the sugar content in the
drink. Diet versions of fizzy drinks also contain
very few nutrients. Milk or water are much
healthier choices, especially for children.
Source: NHS Choices