Toothbrushing at Home
Fluoride toothpaste helps to keep teeth strong
- Children can use a fluoride-containing (1000 -1450ppm F) toothpaste
- Brush your child’s teeth twice a day, especially last thing at night before bed
- For children under 3 years, use only a smear of toothpaste
- For children over 3 years, use a pea-sized amount
For children under 3 years For children over 3 years
- Children under 8 years need help with brushing
- Don’t let them rinse afterwards, just get your child to spit out the toothpaste
- SPIT DON’T RINSE is the most effective way to use fluoride toothpaste
- Remember to take your child’s brush and paste with you when you visit family and friends and when you go on holiday
- Even if your child joins a nursery/school toothbrushing programme, it is still important that they also brush their teeth at home twice a day, especially last thing before bed!
For advice on what to do if your child won’t allow you to brush their teeth, visit here.