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Healthy oral care habits

Tuesday, 11 Jan 2022

Good oral health habits start early. Tooth decay can start as soon as the first tooth appears, our easy to follow tips will help create healthy habits in your children's lives.

Start early

Start oral care for your baby during the first few days after birth by wiping the gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth at least twice a day.

Two minutes twice daily

Your child should brush their teeth for two minutes twice daily to help reduce their risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Limit sugar to 3 teaspoons

For best oral care, try to limit your child’s intake of sugars to approximately 3 teaspoons daily.

Don’t rinse immediately

Your child should not rinse their mouth with water straight after brushing, they should spit out any excess toothpaste instead.

Use the right amount

Easily measure the right amount of Flouride toothpaste – the size of a grain of rice for children younger than 3, and the size of a pea for children over 3.

Replace your brush regularly

Your child’s toothbrush should be replaced every 3 months or when the bristles are splayed out, worn-looking or missing.

Dentist before 1st birthday

Take your child to the dentist/primary healthcare provider after their first tooth has pushed through and no later than their first birthday.