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Use these top tips to help you and your child get bright, healthy smiles: National Smile Month

Posted on: 29 April 2021

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  • Brush your teeth for two minutes, last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste
  • You only need a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and just a smear for the under 3's
  • Spit don't rinse, as this washes the fluoride away 
  • Change your toothbrush every 2-3 months
  • Use dental floss or interdental brushes to clean between your teeth once a day
  • Cut down how much and how often you have sugary foods and drinks, especially between meals – Visit the change4life website for easy sugar swaps ideas!
  • Visit a dentist regularly! You can find a local dentist on the NHS website.

Handy dental knowledge that everyone should know!

  • You should start brushing your baby's teeth as soon as the first tooth appears and take them to the dentist before their first birthday. Visit Dental Check By One website.
  • Children should be helped or supervised whilst brushing until they turn seven years old.
  • NHS dental treatment is free for children under the age of 18 or under 19 if in qualifying full-time education
  • Women are entitled to free NHS dental treatment during pregnancy and any treatment commenced before their child's first birthday. Pregnancy is the perfect time to get a check-up!
  • If you have a child with additional needs and find toothbrushing difficult or are worried about their oral health, talk to your GP, health visitor, or school nurse about a referral to the dentist for further support.

Learn more about how Tower Hamlets is supporting good oral health in the borough.