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!
Designed to Smile supports supervised toothbrushing for children in some nurseries and infant schools in Wales. This is not instead of brushing at home twice a day, but as well brushing at home.
Each nursery or school programme is organised in a safe and effective way. There is a lead person who is responsible for the toothbrushing programme.
Staff are given a detailed training programme and checks are carried out at least once a term against national standards of best practice.
A ‘family’ fluoride toothpaste containing 1350-1500 parts per million (ppm) fluoride is used in the programme for over 3’s. A small pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste is used.
A toothpaste containing 1000 ppm fluoride is used for under 3’s. A small smear of fluoride toothpaste is used.
The toothpaste manufacturer used by Designed to Smile has confirmed that the products are free from any animal derivatives and suitable for use by vegetarians.