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Giving kids a great smile for life

9 October, 2014

You probably saw in the news recently that nearly one in eight three year olds have tooth  decay. And a quarter of five year olds. Not good. What are the secrets to keeping those bright little smiles going for a lifetime??????????

  1. Cut the sugary stuff! Keep sweets to mealtimes, avoid sweet and fizzy drinks (milk and water are best) and especially at bedtime. Never put sweet drinks in a feeder bottle or cup.
  2. Fortify with fluoride! Use a fluoride toothpaste last thing at night and one other time in the morning. Check with your dentist the right strength of fluoride toothpaste to use – just a smear for under three and a pea sized blob after that.
  3. Healthy snacks! Fruit, raw veg (carrots, celery) or cheese are good. Processed snacks like crisps often have hidden sugar. Look at labels. If an ingredient ends in “…ose”, it’s probably sugar!
  4. Get checked out! It’s never too early to take children to the dentist, even before teeth come through, so they get used to the routine.

Ask your dental team about how best to care for your children’s teeth and follow their advice.

One Comment leave one →
  1. 20 October, 2014 11:03 am

    Thank you for sharing this post…

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