Looking after your child's teeth

Here are some top tips for looking after your child’s teeth.

  • As soon as a tooth appears, brush your child’s teeth for about two minutes, twice a day.
  • Try to brush your child’s teeth in the morning and just before bedtime. Teach them to spit out the toothpaste, but not to rinse. Use our tooth brushing chart to keep track.
  • Take your child to the dentist.
  • Read our super sparkling smiles for your child leaflet.

The special power of fluoride varnish

Fluoride varnish is a sticky gel that's painted on to your child’s teeth with a soft brush. It helps to strengthen and protect the hard surface of the tooth. And it's free for children. 

Ask your dentist or visit the NHS website for more information.

Diet makes a difference

Eating a healthy balanced diet will help to protect your child’s teeth. Try to reduce the amount of sugar your child eats. Get them to drink milk or water instead of fizzy drinks.  Aim to keep sugary food to meal times.

Sugar is in all of these food and drinks:

  • sweets and chocolate
  • cakes and biscuits
  • some soft drinks – squashes, cordials and fizzy drinks
  • breakfast cereals with added sugar
  • icecream
  • fruit in syrup and canned in juice
  • dried fruit
  • ketchup type sauces
  • fresh fruit juice and smoothies
  • puddings, buns, fruit pies and pastries
  • milkshake mixes
  • yoghurt based drinks
  • jam and honey
  • sport/energy drinks

Visit the dentist – it’s free for your child

Go for regular check-ups - this is the best way of protecting your child’s teeth.

Speak to your local dental practice or visit the NHS website for more information.