Information on Healthy Teeth and Healthy Snacks
Information about how to keep teeth healthy for babies and Toddlers – See below:
- Start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they appear
- Brush their teeth twice a day using family toothpaste containing 1450 ppm fluoride, a smear of toothpaste for children under 3 year and a small pea-sized amount for children over 3
- Help your child brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes, children up to 7 years old will need help with tooth brushing
- Encourage your child to spit after brushing, but not to rinse
- Support your child to use a free flowing cup or a cup without a lid (value cups are not recommended)
- Encourage your child to enjoy healthy snacks and drinks, plain milk and water are the safest drinks to have between meals.
- Discard dummies for children over 1 year old
- Ensure all medicines are sugar free
- Visit your dentist regularly and take your baby along, it’s never too early.
For further information email: Dental.Health@nhft.nhs.uk
For more information and tips on how to best look after children’s teeth visit the following website.
Fresh fruit, Fruit kebabs, Cherry tomatoes, vegetable sticks of cucumber, carrot or celery. Dips such as hummus, guacamole and salsa. Toast with suitable spread. Homemade, unsalted popcorn. Crumpets or English muffins with savoury spread. Cheese cubes. Cheese triangles. Scones, plan or cheese. Plain yogurt with added fresh fruit for sweetness. Pitta bread. Bread-sticks. Rice cakes. Oatcakes. Naan breads.