Looking After Your Teeth

Keeping our teeth clean is important for good dental health. A regular routine will help keep teeth healthy and decay-free. Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day for about 2 minutes to help keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

You should start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as the first tooth comes through. This is usually at about 6 months old, but can be earlier or later. 


How to brush teeth well?

  • Brush in a small circle movement on top, behind and in front of teeth. Don’t forget to brush the gums too. This should take about 2 minutes.
  • Children under the age of 3 should use just a smear of toothpaste.
  • Children aged 3 to 6 years should use a pea-sized blob of toothpaste.
  • After brushing, spit out any excess toothpaste. Don’t rinse your mouth immediately after brushing, as it’ll wash away the concentrated fluoride in the remaining toothpaste.

Try and make tooth brushing fun. You could use;

  • A timer
  • An app, such as Brush DJ 
  • Sing Songs while you brush 

What toothpaste should I use?

It’s important to use a toothpaste with the right amount of fluoride. You can check the packaging of your toothpaste to find out how much fluoride each it contains.

  • Adults should use a toothpaste that contains at least 1,350 parts per million (ppm) fluoride.
  • Children don’t need to use special children’s toothpaste, as long as it contains 1,350 to 1,500ppm fluoride.
  • Children aged 6 and under who don’t have tooth decay can use a lower strength children’s toothpaste, but make sure it contains at least 1,000ppm fluoride.

Toothbrushing advice for all ages and abilities

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