be sugar smart!!

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Keep kids smiling....

sugary food and drink cause bacteria on teeth to produce harmful acid that rots them. This can lead to painful toothache, low confidence and worse!! 

FACT!!

Tooth decay is the most common reason children aged between 5 and 9 are admitted to hospital!

Top tips for children

Tip 1 - EAT LESS SUGAR LESS OFTEN. Avoid sugary food and drink before bedtime. Remember these should be consumed less often and only at meal times, for example, a glass of watered down juice will cause less damage when eaten with a meal, rather than drinking sips throughout the day. 

Tip 2 - SWAP OUT SUGARY DRINKS - sugary drinks have no place in a child's daily diet. try sugar free, diet or no added sugar drinks as an alterative. But remember, plain water or milk is the best option, especially for young ones.

Tip 3 - SEE THE DENTIST - make regular trips to take your kids to the dentist - we recommend bringing them as soon as their first tooth comes through or, before their first birthday. 

NHS dental treatment is free for everyone up to the age of 18. 

Pregnant? Well then you get free dental care too, and your treatment stays free right up until your babies first birthday 

Get the best from your toothbrush

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Your kids need help brushing their teeth

you should help your kids brush their teeth until they are at least 7 years old, to make sure that they are doing it properly. By helping them out you can introduce them to good dental habits that will last a LIFETIME!!

Start brushing early

Start brushing your babies teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as their first tooth shows itself, usually at around 6 months old.

Twice is nice

Teeth should be brushed twice a day. Once before bed and once at any other time that suits your family routine - bed time brushing is so important. Make it the last thing you do before bed 

Make fluoride your friend

The amount of fluoride in your toothpaste can usually be found on the side of the tube or packaging. Toothpaste that contains 1350 to1500ppm fluoride gives your child the best protection. 

Little mouths need less toothpaste

For kids under 3 you should use just a smear of toothpaste. For kids aged 3 to 6, a pea sized amount is perfect!

Finally.....Spit DONT RINSE

When we brush, our toothpaste builds a protective layer of fluoride around our teeth. If you rinse your mouth with water, you wash it all away! Spitting the excess away is ideal!