Caring for Teeth
Avoid putting baby to bed with a bottle. The juice or milk stays around the teeth and can decay them.
Clean baby’s teeth with a small soft toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste.
Use a cup for drinks rather than a bottle. Offer only milk or water.
Enrol your child as early as possible with a dental therapist, eg, at 9 months old. Ask your preschool or WellChild nurse for enrolment forms.
Teach preschoolers how to clean their teeth. Brush in the morning and just before going to bed.
Your family’s teeth
Dental care is free for children up to their eighteenth birthday.
Older people need regular dental checks too.
Healthy food and drinks
Brush teeth twice a day
Brush in the morning and just before going to bed. Use fluoride toothpaste.
Healthy teeth will last a lifetime.