Why We Brush
Tooth brushing can provide a lifetime of protection and keeps teeth and gums healthy. Baby teeth are important for eating, speaking, smiling and for your child’s confidence. Poor oral hygiene can cause tooth decay which leads to problems with eating, speaking, smiling and confidence. Tooth decay causes pain and misery to a child and increases the chance of rotten adult teeth.
For children use a small headed children's toothbrush, medium to soft or you can use an electric toothbrush from age 6. Brush with gentle circles a tooth at a time, outsides/insides/biting surfaces repeat on both upper and lower arch, each arch should take x1 minute.
Replace your toothbrush every 3 months!
How much toothpaste should you use?
- Under 3 years of age use a grain sized amount or smear of 1000ppm fluoride toothpaste.
- 3 Years of age upwards use a pea sized amount of 1350-1500ppm fluoride toothpaste.
Why Fluoride toothpaste?
Research shows that the daily application of fluoride toothpaste to teeth reduces the incidence and severity of tooth decay in children. Fluoride has a number of advantages including:
- It helps to create stronger enamel when the teeth are forming.
- When in saliva it stops teeth demineralising ( its stage of decay ) and helps to remineralise it ( go back to normal strength)