When to start?
A babies first tooth can come into the mouth anytime between birth and 12 months old. Its important you introduce tooth brushing as soon as the teeth appear to get your baby used to the toothbrush and to prevent any decay in the teeth
When to brush?
Children should be brushing once in the morning, and once before bedtime. Brushing at bedtime is important as it makes sure that the fluoride continues to protect teeth while your child is asleep
Parents/carers should brush or help their child to brush their teeth until they are at least seven years old to make sure teeth are cleaned properly, to supervise the amount of toothpaste used and to prevent licking or eating the toothpaste.
Brush your child’s teeth thoroughly, cleaning all surfaces of the teeth.
Brush for 2 minutes, making sure plenty of time is spent brushing the back teeth as these are more prone to decay.
For older children disclosing tablets can help to show if any plaque is left on the teeth.
Choose a toothbrush with a small head and medium textured bristles, a manual or electric toothbrush can be used.
The amount of fluoride that is in the toothpaste can be found on the side of the tube or under the packaging.
For children under three years old use a smear of toothpaste containing no less than 1000 ppm fluoride.
(see Figure 1)
Children between three and six years old should use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing more than 1000 ppm fluoride
(see Figure 2)