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Healthy Smiles

Brushing and Diet

Baby teeth are important and need proper care. Find out how to look after them.

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Common Dental Problems

Find out about common problems that affect the oral health of infants and toddlers. 

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Baby teeth are important and need regular and proper care. These teeth help your child to eat, speak and maintain self-confidence. They also help retain space for the eruption of permanent teeth, which helps prevent crowding. 

Tips for a healthy smile

  • Start brushing the baby teeth as soon as they come through the gums
  • Brush twice a day with a smear of fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristle brush*
  • Choose healthy, tooth friendly snacks (no - low sugar)
  • Avoid giving sugary drinks including fizzy drinks, fruit juice, cordial, and flavoured milks.
  • Ensure your child is enrolled with the Community Oral Health Service and attends their regular dental check-ups.
  • Lift your child's lip every month to check for signs of tooth decay.
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*Children should be supported and supervised during toothbrushing until at least 8 years old.