Caring for Teeth

Caring for Teeth

HE Code: 
Pamphlet DLE
Publication date: 
1 July 2004
Revision date: 
October 2020
Status: Hard copies currently out of stock.
Dental health and care of teeth, including the importance of good diet in preventing cavities and tooth decay. Illustrated pamphlet with short captions in English.

Baby’s 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.

Preschooler’s teeth

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

These foods and drinks are good for teeth.Healthy teeth – these are white, with little staining.

These foods and drinks can harm teeth: cakes, iceblocks, lollies, icecream, biscuits, juice and fizzy drink.Unhealthy teeth – these have brown stains on them.

Brush teeth twice a day

Brush in the morning and just before going to bed. Use fluoride toothpaste.

Healthy teeth will last a lifetime.