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A good daily at home care regime is essential for good oral health.  The key to minimising the risk of developing many dental problems in children relies on good and frequent brushing and flossing, minimising snacking in between meals and being selective on what the little ones eat and drink. The same holds true for everyone at all ages.

As soon as the child's first primary (baby) tooth starts erupting, the parents are encouraged to start brushing the child's tooth/teeth twice a day. A child toothbrush with a small head and soft bristle is recommended. The use, type and amount of toothpaste will need to be discussed for each child with their oral health care provider.

Once your child's primary (baby) teeth have all erupted (around two and a half years of age), teeth can be flossed daily. Our oral health care providers can show you the method. Various plastic floss holders and devices are available to make this daily process easier.

When it comes to toothbrushing, a child generally does not develop sufficient manual dexterity until about 8 years of age. Hence it is highly recommended that until that age, the child's teeth are brushed by the parent/carer. By all means let the child have a go first, but then mum or dad should always supplement and finish this process.

Once the child starts taking control of their own toothbrushing, use of disclosing tablets (made from food dye which turns left over food and plaque on teeth pink) from time to time offers a valuable teaching tool to show where the teeth need to be brushed better. Disclosing tablets and other useful teaching methods can be obtained from our friendly patient co-ordinators who are more than happy to offer support and advice to children and their parents/carers.

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