Oral health: Advice for parents

In Barking and Dagenham in 2014/2015, 268 children were admitted to hospital for dental extractions. Since then Health visitors with support from the dental health team with dental care by one have been promoting early intervention to prevent tooth decay for children under 5 years whereas school nurses have supported London Borough of Barking and Dagenham with teeth for life for the school aged children.

Oral health - mother and child

Brushing twice daily with a toothpaste containing 1450ppm of fluoride has been recommended by the dental team. A smear of tooth paste is recommended for the under 3's and a pea-sized amount for age 3+.   Do not spit out nor rinse out the toothpaste as this tooth paste protects the teeth. Many children will find a very minty paste too strong, so in that case it is better to use a mild mint flavour.   When brushing babies and toddlers teeth an adult must supervise them until the age 8 to ensure children they don't eat the toothpaste and that they are brushing correctly.  Getting  children into a routine early enables them to maintain a healthy habit for life.