Oral Health

Healthy teeth tips for children

  • Start brushing your baby's teeth as soon as the first milk tooth breaks through (usually at around 6 months, but it can be earlier or later)
  • Brush your child’s teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste containing no less than 1000ppm fluoride. Brushing should be supervised by a parent or carer
  • The best times to brush teeth are in the morning and last thing at night
  • Spit out after brushing – do not rinse with water
  • Try to avoid sugary or fizzy drinks. Plain milk and water are the best drinks for children’s teeth
  • Try to limit the amount of sugary foods offered to your child. Choose healthier snacks such as fresh fruit
  • Choose sugar free medicines where possible
  • Visit a dentist for a dental check by age one or when the first tooth erupts