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In news this week we saw that one in eight children aged just three suffers from tooth decay! It prompted us to look at ways to encourage your children to brush regularly and learn to do it independently!
The NHS recommends you start brushing children’s teeth twice a day, at around 6 months or as soon as just one milk tooth comes through. We recommend getting babies used to the feel of having a finger or tooth brush around their mouth as early as possible. From the age of three you should use a small amount of family toothpaste which should contain at least 1,000ppm (parts per million) of fluoride to help protect the new teeth.
Between the ages of three and six you can use a pea sized amount of toothpaste on a childs toothbrush, with toothpaste containing 1,350- 1,500ppm of fluoride. You should encourage your child to brush their teeth for two minutes and they will need to be supervised until they are seven or eight to ensure they don’t swallow the toothpaste and to monitor how they brush.
Tips for a reluctant brusher