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Teeth brushing in kids

teeth brushing in kidsBrushing your teeth is important to remove bacteria and plaque to prevent both tooth decay and gum disease.   Tooth brushing from an early age is an important part of developing a good routine. As soon as teeth being to erupt they should be wiped over with a damp cloth or soft toothbrush.

Teeth should be brushed twice a day, morning and night in children.

Tips to look after your baby’s teeth

  • Avoid sugary drinks including juice, cordial and soft drinks in children
  • Do not put anything sweet on your child’s dummy
  • Don’t put baby to bed with a bottle.  The formula will sit around their teeth and can lead to tooth decay.
  • Before teeth arrive, wipe gums over after feeds with a damp, clean cloth
  • From the first tooth, wipe teeth over with a soft cloth or tooth brush with no toothpaste, just use water
  • Start using a pea-sized quality of children’s low fluoride toothpaste from 18 months to 5 years
  • Children 6 and older can use a small, pea-sized, quantity of adult toothpaste.
  • Teach children to spit out toothpaste

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