What Parents Should Know About Good Oral
• As a parent it is easy to become overwhelmed with the information
that you need to know to keep your child safe and healthy. In turn,
you need to pass this information on to ensure that they are
educated and ale to look after themselves in due course.
• One area that often causes concerns for parents is that of oral
health. We all know the importance of making sure that our teeth
are kept clean and healthy, but often this can be done ineffectively,
and can lead to problems in later life.
• Although babies are rarely born with teeth (though it does
happen) it is important to start oral care from a very young
age. You can wipe gums clean after meals and this will help
encourage healthy gums, as well as getting your youngster
used to the concept of having their mouth cleaned on a
• Depending where you live in the UK your water may, or may
not, contain fluoride. This important element helps to protect
enamel, and therefore protect teeth from decay. If you drink
bottled water, or live in a low fluoride water area, make sure
that your family uses a high ppm fluoride toothpaste and/or
Brush twice a day
• It is important to get your family into the habit of brushing
regularly, and ideally twice a day. Encourage a brush after
breakfast, and just before bedtime.
Change your Brush Regularly
• Brushes are susceptible to wear and tear, and over time can
become effectively useless at ensuring a good clean. As a
result it is important that you change them at least three to
four times a year.
• Ensure your family has a well balanced diet full of fruit and
vegetables. These contain numerous vitamins and nutrients
that can encourage good general health and oral health.
Avoid sugary snacks and drinks
• Sugar can cause decay, especially as it provides a good
adhesive to help bacteria stick to the surface of your teeth.
Reduce your sugar intake and opt for water or sugar free
drinks and snacks instead.
• Chewing gum between meals can be a good way of reducing
bacteria in the mouth. This is because it increases saliva flow
which neutralises acid and washes bacteria away.
• If you smoke, consider stopping as this can have a hugely
negative impact on your oral health. Discuss this with your
children and encourage them not to start.
• Make regular appointments to see your dentist for routine
check-ups and ensure your children have these appointments