Oral care for school age children
Teaching your child to look after his personal hygiene, including his oral health is vital. Good habits will soon become second nature.
Regular check ups
For children up to the age of 13 years, dental education, preventative and basic treament services are provided free of charge. Assessments usually take place in community-based clinics, often located on school sites. or, increasingly in mobile dental units.
You can call 0800 TALKTEETH (0800 825 583) for more information.
Note that some treatments are not free.
Not only is eating a healthy diet important for your child’s general wellbeing, it’s particularly important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Avoiding (or reducing) sweet or sticky foods, fruit juice and sweetened drinks. Water is an ideal drink.
Teeth need to be brushed for two mintues, twice daily, every day
Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and a head small enough to navigate around all parts of the mouth
Use a fluoride toothpaste of at least 1000 parts per million (ppm) is recommended for all ages ie right from the time the first baby tooth appears. Not all toothpastes are labelled in ppm so you may need to look for 0.22% sodium fluoride or 0.76% sodium monofluorophosphate.
Spit don't rinse
Allow the toothpaste to stay longer on the teeth and therefore have a more time to help stregthen them by spitting but not rinsing
Encourage your child to floss daily from around four years of age
Your child should wear a mouth guard when playing sports such as rugby and hockey to protect their teeth and gums. If an adult tooth is knocked out, try and put it back in to the socket.
If you are not able to put it back in the socket you could keep it in an older childs mouth next to their cheek to keep clean and moist OR you can pop it in a glass of milk.
Seek help from a dental professional immediately.