Tooth Care tips for school children

Here’s how you can make looking after your children’s teeth hassle-free

  • Brush teeth twice a day.
  • Use a small pea-size amount of fluoride toothpaste, this will help strengthen teeth against decay.
  • Make toothbrushing part of the morning and bedtime routine.
  • Toothbrushes must be replaced when the bristles become worn, or at least every three months.
  • Always buy a toothbrush with a small head, it will reach all corners of the mouth.
  • Do not share toothbrushes

Sugar between meals causes tooth decay

Cutting out sugar between meals will drastically improve the condition of your child’s teeth

Between meals instead of allowing sugar snacks, try:

  • fruits
  • crisp vegetables such as carrots, cucumber and celery
  • bread
  • cheese
  • naturally sweet yoghurt, for example, fruit flavours
  • milk
  • tap water
  • always ask for sugar-free medicines

 

Visiting the dentist

Some children need their teeth checked more often.

Regular visits to the dentist for check-ups and advice are important for children.

Your child will get to know the dentist and will get used to going.

Part of a dentists job is to provide you with advice about how you can look after your child’s dental care at home.

They will also advise procedures that might be necessary like fillings, etc.

Key things to remember:

  • Keep sugary food and drinks to mealtimes
  • Between meals give children fruit and vegetables
  • Keep acidic drinks such as fizzy drinks, fruit juices and fruit flavoured drinks to mealtimes
  • Brush teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Children should visit the dentist at least once a year for check-ups and advice