Maintaining healthy teeth is important for your child’s health. As your child grows and becomes more independent, they will begin to take responsibility for their own dental care. Here are some helpful tips to encourage them to look after their teeth.
*Children aged 3-7 years: Use children’s fluoride toothpaste containing no less than 1,000ppm of fluoride or family toothpaste containing between 1,350ppm and 1,500ppm.
Children aged 7+ years: Use fluoride toothpaste containing between 1,350ppm and 1,500ppm of fluoride. Always check the label.
It is always advisable to wait 30 minutes to brush teeth following consumption of food or drink including protein substitutes. However, if this is not possible, encourage your child to rinse their mouth with water.
If your child’s protein substitute is consumed as part of a balanced diet and at regular mealtimes and good dental hygiene is practiced, you will not need to take any extra measures to protect your child’s teeth.
The best snacks to give children for good dental health are raw vegetables and fruits. Some examples include cucumber, tangerines, banana and carrot sticks. Have a look at the NSPKU dietary information booklet and talk to your dietitian for more ideas.
Most children enjoy sweets, but make sure they only have a small amount occasionally.
Your child will begin to lose their baby teeth, also called milk teeth, at some time around the age of 5 or 6 years of age. This is to make room for their adult teeth. Ensuring they have well established dental hygiene routines will help pave the way for healthy adult teeth.