The best ways to keep your child's teeth and mouth healthy are:
Encourage healthy eating and drinking:
Keep all foods and drinks containing sugar to mealtimes.
Snack on fruit and/or vegetables between meals.
Drink only milk and water between meals. Keep other drinks to mealtimes.
Encourage regular toothbrushing:
Brush twice a day including last thing at night.
Use a smear (under three years) or a pea-sized (for over three years) amount of family fluoride toothpaste containing no less than 1000ppm fluoride - check pack for details.
Supervise brushing until at least seven years of age.
Spit don't rinse after brushing.
Visit a dentist regularly:
Children should visit a dentist from birth.
Children should be seen regularly at intervals of between three and twelve months.
Ask your dentist about fluoride varnish.
For help in accessing a NHS dentist for routine or emergency care visit www.nhs.uk