First of all the right toothpaste should be selected, with the appropriate Fluoride content for an infant. A smear of toothpaste should be applied. Brushing should start when the first tooth arrives to get the infant used to the procedure. If the infant objects to the brush a clean cloth with the toothpaste applied can be used.
Good brushing technique should take 2 minutes divide the mouth into 6 sections and take 20 seconds to brush each section. Start with outer surfaces of the lower jaw and then the inner and then the biting surfaces, repeat with the upper jaw. Small circular movements near the gumline is most effective.
Helping your children learn to brush properly is important. First of all the right toothpaste should be selected with the appropriate Fluoride content. A ‘pea-sized’ amount of paste should be used and help should be given to guide the child around the tooth surfaces. Brushing with your child to begin with will ensure the correct time is taken.
It’s important to encourage your child to brush at least twice a day, after breakfast and before bed, however it’s great to get children into the habit of brushing after every meal. If you’re the parent of a young child we recommend that you supervise and support your child’s teeth brushing so that they learn how to clean their teeth properly themselves.
Though it can still be worth parents doing a final brush to make sure hard to reach teeth are also cleaned. To help you and your child develop the best dental routine we can offer advice on important factors such as the correct toothpaste and toothbrush, the best brushing techniques and healthy eating habits. Recent research shows that finishing a meal with cheese, as it has tyramine which is good at neutralising acids.
Age Specific Advice: Specific advise has been published by the Department of Health, depending on your risk of developing tooth decay so if you are in any doubt what is correct for you or your child, please asks your dentist.
Advice for 0-6 Years Old: Breast feeding provides the best nutrition for babies. From age one year feeding from a bottle should be discouraged. Sugar should not be added to weaning foods. Parents should brush or supervise tooth brushing. Use only a smear of toothpaste containing no less than 1,000 ppm fluoride. As soon as teeth erupt in the mouth brush them twice daily. The frequency and amount of sugary food and drinks should be reduced and, when consumed, limited to mealtimes. Sugars should not be consumed more than 4 times / day. Sugar-free medicines should be recommended.
Advice for 3-6 Years Old: Brush last thing at night and on one other occasion. Brushing should be supervised by an adult. Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing 1,350–1,500 ppm fluoride. Spit out after brushing and do not rinse. The frequency and amount of sugary food and drinks should be reduced and, when consumed, limited to mealtimes. Sugars should not be consumed more than four times per day.
Advice from 7 years upwards: Brush last thing at night and on one other occasion. Use fluoridated toothpaste (1,350 ppm fluoride or above) Spit out after brushing and do not rinse. The frequency and amount of sugary food and drinks should be reduced and, when consumed, limited to mealtimes. Sugars should not be consumed more than four times per day.