Looking After Your Children's Teeth

Parents / Carers

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).

It's important to use a fluoride toothpaste, as this helps prevent and control tooth decay.

  • Use fluoride toothpaste containing levels of fluoride between 1,350ppm and 1,500ppm to give your children's teeth the best protection.
  • Brush teeth twice daily for about 2 minutes.
  • Brush last thing at night before bed and on 1 other occasion.
  • For children aged 0-3 use only a smear of toothpaste on their brush.
  • For children aged 3-6 use a peasize amount of toothpaste on their brush.
  • Make sure children don't eat or lick toothpaste from the tube.
  • Babies and children should visit the dentist twice a year.

 

Useful resources:

Supporting your child to wean off bottles and dummies - iHV (pdf)

0-6 years Change4Life Toothbrushing Chart (pdf)

6+ years Change4Life Toothbrushing Chart (pdf)

 

Useful links:

Children's Teeth - NHS

Looking After Your Teeth (children)

Your Teeth (young people)