Children 0-6 Years

    Children 0-6 years

    We advise that you start bringing your child(ren) from birth before their teeth erupt.

    As well as checking their mouth over we can advise you on how to look after their teeth, as well as let you ask any questions you may have.

    Prevention of tooth decay in children aged 0–6 years

    Children aged up to 3 years

    Advice:

    • Breast feeding provides the best nutrition for babies

    • From six months of age infants should be introduced to drinking from a cup, and from age one year feeding from a bottle should be discouraged

    • Sugar should not be added to weaning foods

    • Parents should brush or supervise toothbrushing

    • Use only a smear of toothpaste containing no less than 1,000 ppm fluoride

    • As soon as teeth erupt in the mouth brush them twice daily

    • The frequency and amount of sugary food and drinks should be reduced and, when consumed, limited to mealtimes. Sugars should not be consumed more than four times per day

    • Sugar-free medicines should be used where possible

    All children aged 3–6 years

    Advice:

    • Brush last thing at night and on one other occasion (usually first thing in the morning)

    • Brushing should be supervised by an adult

    • Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing 1,350–1,500 ppm fluoride

    • Spit out after brushing and do not rinse

    • The frequency and amount of sugary food and drinks should be reduced and, when consumed, limited to mealtimes. Sugars should not be consumed more than four times per day

    • Sugar-free medicines should be used where possible

    Children giving concern (eg those likely to develop tooth decay, those with special needs)

     

    All advice as above, plus:

    • Use a smear or pea-sized amount of toothpaste containing 1,350–1,500 ppm fluoride

    • Ensure medication is sugar free

    • Give dietary supplements containing sugar and glucose polymers at mealtimes when possible (unless clinically directed otherwise) and not last thing at night.  Parents should be made aware of the potential of supplements to cause decay and ways of minimising risk

     

    Fluoride Varnish Application

    In agreement with National Guidelines we offer Fluoride varnish application 2 – 3 times per year to every child and young person aged 3-16 years.  For more information please visit

  • NHS Choices – your health, your choices – Fluoride Section
  • The British Fluoridation Society