Healthy Smiles Checklist

By teaching your child how to look after their teeth and by setting a good example with your own oral health, you can help your child develop and maintain a healthy attitude to oral health that will serve a lifetime.

  • Encourage healthy food choices and limit sugary snacks
  • Make sure your child drinks plenty of water and avoids sweetened or fizzy acidic drinks.
  • Avoiding sugary snacks and fizzy acidic drinks will help prevent dental decay and dental erosion
  • Bring infant child to dentist before 1st birthday and ask about when to introduce fluoride toothpaste.
  • Supervise your child brushing at least twice a day with a pea size amount of adult fluoride toothpaste after 2nd birthday.
  • Choose a toothbrush with a small head, soft nylon bristles and show your child how to use it.
  • Brush teeth and gums for at least two minutes to remove plaque effectively, spit don’t rinse.
  • Wait at least 1 hour before brushing after eating meals or snacks to allow teeth to re-harden.
  • Replace your childʼs toothbrush every two to three months or more often as needed.
  • Have your childʼs teeth checked by the dentist once a year, or as often as the dentist recommends, and remember to find out about school dental screenings for your child.


Two young girls brushing their teeth before bed



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